2019-02-09 / News

County stepping up veterans’ services

A plan to restructure the Potter County Veterans Service Committee was spelled out by two of its members during last week’s county commissioners meeting.

Commissioner Paul Heimel and executive secretary Danielle Gietler reported on a recent meeting of the committee. They’re joined on the panel by Mike Pepper, the county’s director of veterans affairs.

Among the changes planned for 2019 is the addition of committee seats for representatives from each American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Potter County.

Also this year, the committee plans to restructure its veterans discount program and veterans gravestone restoration project.

Dozens of Potter County businesses and service providers offer discounts for military veterans. Vets can obtain ID cards from Pepper’s office. They can also get a brochure that lists locations where the discounts are offered.

Committee members are hoping to garner support from additional cemetery caretakers, youth groups and volunteers to expand the grave marker restoration program that debuted in 2017.

Other committee goals include a countywide veterans benefits fair; education/training initiatives; workforce placement and retraining for veterans; housing issues; advocacy for veterans, military service members and their families at the statewide and national levels, and a more concerted outreach to veterans.

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