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County Veterans Service Committee Sets 2019 Goals

February 4th, 2019

A plan to restructure the Potter County Veterans Service Committee was unveiled last week. Committee members are Mike Pepper, veterans affairs director; Paul Heimel, county commissioner; and Danielle Gietler, executive secretary for the board of commissioners. 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 expand its veterans discount program. Dozens of Potter County businesses and service providers offer discounts for military veterans. Vets can obtain ID cards from Director Pepper’s office. They can also get a brochure that lists locations where the discounts are offered. Another high priority is an expansion of the veterans gravestone restoration project. The committee will be working to garner support from additional cemetery caretakers, youth groups and volunteers.

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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