2015-08-15 / Potter County News

More services for vets

Potter County’s awardwinning services for military veterans were detailed at this week’s Coudersport Rotary meeting.

Will Worthington, director of veterans affairs, pointed out that he stands ready to help veterans – who comprise more than 13 percent of the county’s population – to access the benefits and services to which they are entitled.

Commissioner Paul Heimel, who represents Potter County on national and statewide veterans’ advocacy panels, cited studies showing that a large proportion of vets are unaware of the benefits to which they’re entitled.

Those two are teaming to launch a new Potter County Veterans Discount Program. Qualifying veterans will be issued a card that entitles them to discounts on goods and services that will be offered by participating businesses. Details will be announced.

Another new development is the pending establishment of a Potter County Veterans Center in the former Penn State Extension office at Mapleview. Worthington said his office will likely be relocated to the center, where the Bath (N.Y.) VA Medical Center plans to expand services at its Potter County medical clinic.

For now, the county’s veterans affairs office is located in the basement of the Gunzburger Building. It’s open on Tuesdays from 8 to 4:30, by appointment; Wednesdays from 8 to 4:30, walk-ins and follow-ups; and other hours by appointment. Phone number is (814) 274-8290, Ext. 210.

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