A new veterans office is now open in Northumberland County
March 12—SUNBURY — Members of the Northumberland County Regional Agency on Aging officially began overseeing veterans services Friday in a new office at 322 N. Second St.
Karen Leonovich, administrator of the county’s Regional Agency on Aging and Veterans Affairs, announced earlier this year that two employees had been hired to oversee veterans services.
County commissioners voted to merge the two departments in an effort to stabilize the county’s Veterans Affairs programs.
“We are very excited and eager to help out,” Leonovich said Friday. “We are happy to see people and explain what we are here to do.”
One of those veterans who stopped was Roger Alleman, 76, of Shamokin, who served in the Air Force.
“It’s sunny here and I can’t wait to get the help we need,” he said. “Hopefully it will make a difference.”
Leonovich said Ryan Miller, an Agency on Aging employee for 10 years, was promoted to supervisor of Veterans Affairs. Anthony Romania has been hired for the position of Veteran Care Manager. Leonovich will continue to serve as administrator for both services.
As supervisor, Miller will be responsible for meeting with veterans, filing claims and coordinating weekly food boxes. Romania will be responsible for handling the cases of veterans over 60 who need ongoing assistance, Leonovich said.
Leonovich, Miller and Romania are currently undergoing the training required to serve as Veterans Service officers.
There are about 6,900 veterans living in Northumberland County, many of whom are over 60, Leonovich said.
Northumberland County Commissioner Sam Schiccatano said he wanted to stop by the new office to visit veterans and talk to staff.
“We are all delighted to be able to help,” he said. “It’s great to see so many people coming together and working to help our veterans.”
Veterans of any age who need assistance should contact the Northumberland County Veterans Affairs Office at 570-988-4213 or 570-495-2395 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.