Veteran Service Officer (VSO)
Desiree Dugan was born and raised in Pasco. After her enlistment in the Marine Corps, Desiree
moved her family from Okinawa back home and went on to graduate with both a B.A.S and Business
Certificate from Columbia Basin College. During her college years Desiree was heavily involved in the
local veteran community. She focused on strengthening the voices of women veterans while working in
the CBC veterans center by organizing multiple Women Veteran Symposiums. Her activism earned her
the 2015 Washington State Woman Veteran of the year.
Post-graduation Desiree opened a boutique in Yakima. Although her business thrived, winning
the Best Womans Boutique in Yakima in 2017, she decided to close her business to focus on her children
in 2019. The Dugan family moved back to the Tri-Cities and Desiree spent a year catching her breath as a
Rural Carrier for the Post Office. In March 2021 she decided it was time to start a new chapter and left
Desiree stays active in her community teaching t-ball and art classes for children. Being a
disabled veteran herself, she became an active guest of the local Disabled American Veterans meetings
during 2021. Through her membership she gained certification as a Veterans Service Officer and started
her position at CBVC in June of 2021. It is her goal to assist as many veterans as she can while giving
them her most knowledgeable and professional assistance.