November 10, 2016

Saluting Our Veterans: Jerry Cooper

In honor of Veteran’s Day, First Security Bank is hosting a series on our veteran employees. We appreciate Jerry Cooper for his service and sacrifice for our country. And for exhibiting Bank Better service for our customers every day!

Jerry Cooper

Jerry Cooper

Courier, Conway

Dates of Military Service: September 1969 – August 1971

United States Army Spec5/E5

Jerry Cooper was a Personnel Specialist stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington State. He said, “I had a very interesting and challenging job during my time of service. I was in charge of handling the Army’s bad guys, those who were absent without leave and deserters. Upon their apprehension, I received calls from Military Police and civilian authorities all over the United States requesting orders on where to send them. They were brought to my office by armed officers and we would determine their deserter status. Some had committed crimes that had to be dealt with. We would gather all this information together. They were then sent to Courts and Boards for sentencing.”

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He added, ” I also handled Congressional and hardship cases, talking to people in Congress in Washington, D.C. I am proud to have served my country.”

Jerry Cooper

About life after service, he said, “I still enjoy reflecting back on those days and enjoy discounts and benefits from the state and many businesses.”

Jerry is married with a daughter and two grandchildren. He likes to spend time with his wife and to go bowling occasionally.

Kristi Thurmon

Kristi was born and raised in the Natural State and has lived most of her life in Searcy. She enjoys traveling with her husband and son. She loves reading and learning about a wide variety of topics, drinking pumpkin spice lattes and watching her son play football. Otherwise, she is managing OnlyInArk.com and social media at First Security Bank.