Hancock County should invest in veterans

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More than 5,000 Hancock County residents are veterans, about 10 percent of our population.

He gets help from many veterans organizations, especially the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the local veterans community is organizing even more to help him reach the young veterans just back from duty.

We all read Samm Quinn’s excellent article on Mr. Nyikos’ ITT dilemma Now is the perfect time for the Hancock County Commissioners to beef up our veterans service team.

We hope that in the future, Mr. Nyikos will be able to find out about his benefit change, not from a friend, but from a robust operation at a full-time staffed local veterans center, where staff and veteran volunteers are standing by to help him navigate the maze of Department of Defense and Veterans Administration bureaucracy.

Because of our close proximity to Fort Harrison, we have local people with the skill set to work with these veterans.

The leaders in the veterans community in Hancock County are working to bring resources to bear to help the county in its mission.

Currently we have many supportive private organizations doing great things in our community for veterans, and our hope is that we can begin to create a “Love INC-style” central office for our county vets.

Just as Love INC is a clearinghouse to help local churches work together and not duplicate efforts, such an office for veterans could form a network between existing groups.

Disabled American Veterans, Team Rubicon, and American Legion posts in Fortville and New Palestine and Greenfield all are in the business of helping veterans.

We hope the residents of Hancock County will continue to invest in us.

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