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Letter to the Editor: Thanks, veteran supporters

Thanks, veteran supporters

To the editor:

During November we honor veterans and their families. Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. As members of the Wasco County Veterans Advisory Committee we are grateful for a dynamic public-private model for serving veterans. We wish to thank the City of The Dalles and City Council members for making a city-owned building available as the Wasco County VSO office. We are grateful Wasco County Commissioners have funded VSO staffing and provided staff support for our Vet Services Committee. Special thanks to Tyler Stone for advancing the cause of using trained and supported volunteers to fortify staff efforts. This way, the office remains open M-F to serve veterans. The Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs reluctantly allowed volunteer use and now enthusiastically points to Wasco County as an example of a well-run VSO, using a combination of paid staff and community volunteers. Rod Runyon, Wasco County Commissioner, has attended nearly every vommittee meeting and provided tireless advocacy. We also tip our hat to Jean Maxwell, volunteer coordinator at the VSO, wife of a veteran and mother of a veteran. Jean puts the V in Volunteer. She also successfully recruits, trains, and supervises 20 volunteers. She and her fellow volunteers create a comfortable atmosphere at the VSO. This cooperative model and these partnerships allowed an average of 200 VSO clients to be served monthly by the Veterans Services Officer, leveraging 7.3 million dollars in compensation and pensions to eligible veterans, spouses, their dependent children and widows living in Wasco County last year.

We are grateful to all who serve and continue to serve our community.

Wasco County Veterans’ Services Advisory Committee Members

Jim Burres, Mark Fortin, Matthew Larsell, Donna Lawrence, Kathleen Martin, Gary Pratt, and Andretta Schellinger

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