The Branson Veterans Task Force was formed in 1997. We are a 501(3)(c) dedicated to empowering the Branson area to create an environment of patriotic pride and dignity to recognize and honor our nation's veterans and their families. Scroll down for more information about some of our main events where we can use your support! Thanks for visiting!
Meet The Team
Becky is the Director of Group Leisure Sales for the Westgate Branson Woods Resort in Branson, Mo. She moved to Branson from Oklahoma 18 years ago where she began a career in the Leisure Group Sales industry. Becky enjoys helping people make memories that last and has a heart in helping Military Reunion groups to reconnect. From this passion, Becky started volunteering with the Branson Veterans Task Force, eventually joining the Board and most recently, taking on the role of President. She enjoys helping Branson to grow its influence for Veterans and assisting in organizing events.
Pat has been employed by the Clay Cooper Theatre for over thirteen years and is the Director of Sales & Marketing. She has been a board member for over 6 years and currently serves as Vice-President. Her love and passion for honoring and recognizing veterans is paramount as her dad served in the Korean War and her husband served in Vietnam for two tours. We can thank Pat for organizing and leading the Rose Petal Ceremony during Veterans Week.
SGM(R) Bob Smither
Bob served in the U.S. Military Academy Band, West Point, NY for over 23 years before retiring and settling in Branson. He joined the Task Force in 2019 where he serves as Treasurer. He currently is the Risk Manager for the City of Branson and still plays and teaches trumpet. Whenever possible he performs TAPS and bugle calls for funerals and other veteran events. Bob coordinates the vendors and does operations duty for Veterans Village during Veterans Week.
Charlie spent 25 years in law enforcement before retiring and beginning his employment journey in Branson. While he has always had great respect for veterans, especially his Marine uncle, it increased each year while he worked in the Branson area. Charlie is also a member of the board of directors for Honor Flight of the Ozarks. "It is a privilege to be a member of the board of directors of each of these organizations." At Veterans Village during Veterans week you can find Charlie running the Mess Hall.
Ruthann Crust moved to Branson 28 years ago. She is the Sr. Sales Executive at Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson and Pigeon Forge, TN. She joined the Branson Veteran’s Task Force in 2020 and is 2022 became the Event Chairperson. Among the many things she does for the Task Force she can be seen managing the Mess Hall during Veteran’s Village week.
Mark joined the board in 2022 and is a veteran of the Vietnam era serving in the US Army from 1973-1979.
"I'm excited to be a board member of the Branson Veterans Task Force and I look forward to meeting and talking with you!"
Board Member Emeritus
Steve is a founding member of the Branson Veterans Task Force and has served with distinction for 25 years!
Around our community Steve's name is synonymous with serving veterans and their families. Whether providing rides to doctors, meals, and assisting with every event preparation you can find Steve diligently serving. For the past 20 years Steve has been an integral part of the annual 911 Ceremony and took part in the creation of our Avenue of Freedom
1st SGT(R) Marie Voegel
Marie retired from the Marine Corps in 2019, where she served in various roles as an Aviation Ordnance Technician, Drill Instructor, and First Sergeant. She became a board member in 2022 and also works at Forsyth High School as the Marine Junior ROTC instructor. Marie enjoys working with her students to teach them the importance of honoring and remembering those who served their country.
1st SGT(R) Bill Kidd
Bill retired from the Army in 2012 after 22 years of service. Originally from Southeast Missouri, his family moved to Branson in 2018. Bill is also currently the Commanding Officer of the American Legion Post in Branson. "I love Veterans, its what I do." he s says. Being one who enjoys staying busy he recently joined the board of the Branson Veterans Task Force and has proven a great asset to our team!.
Chriti moved to Branson with her husband Tom in 2006 when she quickly became involved in volunteering in our community. Some of her volunteerism history includes the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Belle, MO, Jesus Was Homeless (now Elevate Branson), her local church and for the past couple of years, Veterans Village during Veterans Week in Branson. Christi enjoys serving others and especially veterans. She recently joined the Board of the Branson Veterans Task Force and we are glad to have her!
Ashlie grew up in the Branson area. As the daughter of Becky, she has played a role in veterans events and the task force in the background for some time. She is married to an Air Force Veteran as well, so patriotism and giving back are important values to her. In her full time role, Ashlie is the Director of Marketing for the Branson Chamber & CVB. She assists with marketing efforts for the task force as well and looks forward to helping with events throughout the year.