Westbrook Veterans Services Office Establishes New Advisory Committee

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Westbrook Veterans Services Officer Arty Ledoux said he was proud of the town’s work with veterans, including the creation of a new Veterans Services Advisory Committee.

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The committee, made up of two residents, two veterans, two veterans representing local American Legion and Ledoux stations, complements the work of the Office of Veteran Services and shows the city’s commitment to those who have served. in the country’s army, he said.

“I think this committee will develop the program, and maybe we can be a model municipalities here in the state with our commitment to vets, ”Ledoux said. “We are doing really well and we are proud of what we have done until now.”

The committee, which first met last month, will oversee events such as the city’s memorial ceremonies and Veterans Day, but is also actively studying the issues veterans face in the city, a declared Ledoux.

“We are delighted to have a Veterans Services office here in the community to help our Veterans get the service they deserve,” said Mayor Mike Foley. “Now, with the Veterans Services Advisory Committee, we can begin to formalize our commitment to veterans in our community.

The Veterans Services Office, located at the community center, opened in January 2020 as the state’s first municipal-level veterans office. Since then, Ledoux said, the office has helped connect veterans with essential services.

“The biggest contact comes when they contact me, or a family does, asking for help and help and I put them in the right direction,” Ledoux said. “I have worked on issues ranging from health care benefits to widow’s benefits to burial.”

He is working on creating a list of all of the city’s veterans, which he says has been difficult because veterans “rarely ask for help or identify themselves,” he said. declared.

“That would be great to have more contact information for veterans, ”Ledoux said. “Let’s go say I wanted to have a monthly coffee and donut meeting for Westbrook veterinarians and their families, it would have be kind to power rather than just putting an inscription. “

He added: “We are public, contact me, we always want to hear people’s thoughts or ideas.”

To find out more, visit the city’s website here.

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