October 9 2006 Welcome to the October 1 2006

first_imgOctober 9, 2006 Welcome to the October 1. 2006 workshop participants. Back from left: Angela Truffa, Errin Turner, Jung Ju Lee, David Hutchens and Alfonso Elia. Front from left: Stanford Mandizha and Ilaria Ferraboli. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Farrington sponsors county grant legislation benefiting veteran services

first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica today cosponsored legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county under the proposed legislation. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“Local veteran service offices give veterans access to advising and assistance on benefits they are eligible for,” Farrington said. “For counties that do not have an accredited county service officer at hand, veterans are sometimes withheld from services they need.”Under the current veterans benefit model, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location such as a city library.Eleven Michigan counties are currently without a veteran service office. Farrington said this could be due to the number of veterans in the area, lack of funding or because the county partners with neighboring counties.“While Macomb County already has an accredited veteran service officer at its local department, this grant will still provide funding to help even further expand the level of service provided to veterans,” Farrington said.The measure, House Bill 5536, will be formally read into the record Thursday. 07Feb Farrington sponsors county grant legislation benefiting veteran serviceslast_img read more