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County seeks veteran advice about services

County seeks veteran advice about services

Supervisors approve formation of Tulare County’s first Veteran Advisory Committee 

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TULARE COUNTY – The courageous soldiers who put their lives on the line for their country are often the most vulnerable when they return home to their civilian lives. For all of their service, they should at least be given a chance to have a greater voice in how their home serves them. 

In an effort to better serve those who served in the military, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted on June 25 to approve the creation of the Tulare County Veteran Advisory Committee. Its purpose is to advise and assist the County Health and Human Services Agency with ongoing efforts to enhance current services, develop new services, allow for more collaboration with the community, provide a higher level of customer service, and improve the quality of services provided to Tulare County veterans and their families.

“Veterans are a vital part of our community. Tulare County is dedicated to serving our veterans after they have served all of us,” shared board chairman, Kuyler Crocker. “Creating a committee specifically for Veterans ensures the Tulare County Board of Supervisors will prioritize their care. This enables a public process to see how Tulare County is serving this community, as well as, seeking opportunities to improve our services.”

The Tulare County Veteran Advisory Committee will consist of seven members:

Five members having served on active duty in a branch of the armed services shall be appointed as district representatives, one from each of the five supervisorial districts in the county;

Two community partner members that provide services to veterans; and

One county supervisor to serve as a non-voting member. All members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, serving three year terms.

The Veteran Advisory Committee will be charged with assessing local services available to veterans and develop proposed strategies to address unmet needs. Additionally, with the concurrence of the board of supervisors, the Veteran Advisory Committee will advocate for increased action to improve funding opportunities for veteran services in the county.

Tulare County currently has a Veteran’s Service Office dedicated to serving Tulare County veterans and their families.  The Veteran’s Services Office strives to assist veterans who may be unaware of the services and benefits they are eligible to receive.  The advisory committee is an additional resource to provide a voice for veterans and offer valuable information to the department in delivering services to veterans.

For more information about the Veteran’s Service Office, please contact 559-713-2880. Individuals interested in serving on the newly-established Tulare County Veteran Advisory Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Board’s Office at 559-636-5000.

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