Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Help available for veterans

GEORGETOWN — Veterans in Brown County in need of assistance have a government agency on their side.

The folks at the Brown County Veterans Services office provide many benefits to veterans living in the county, including financial assistance and free transportation to and from the VA hospital in Cincinnati and the VA clinic in Georgetown.

“We administer every week and help the veterans with their bills, mainly food and utility bills, sometimes rent and mortgage,” Veteran Services Director Ralph Fox said from his office about the agency’s financial assistance program.

Fox said that the agency has approximately $350,000 per year that’s spent on financial assistance programs, transportation, and the office. He said that there are approximately 4,000 veterans living in Brown County.

“We get information from the state that a veteran wants us to contact them, but usually the veterans seek us out. They know when they get discharged, they’re told in their outgoing process that the benefits are available, so they usually contact us.”

Veteran Services Board Commissioner Reggie McKenzie agreed.

“We’re that agency that is there when they’re in need,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie, who represents the Disabled American Veterans organization on the commission, said that he wants to see participation in the benefit programs increase. Fox said in his interview that his office works with anywhere from only two to 10 veterans with financial assistance each week.

“What I’d like to see the other vets come in for is other things, like getting them signed up for their benefits and education,” McKenzie said. “We have the GI bill and for certain jobs, they probably have to go to school and that helps out more. The more education a veteran receives, it helps the county out because the smarter the people, the smarter the county.”

Joining McKenzie on the Veterans Service Commission is Kenny Richmond, Ralph Quallen, Roger Carter, and Daniel Otto.

Fox said that if veterans are interested in applying for financial help or benefits, calling the office over the phone would be the best way to get in touch.

The office can be reached at 937-378-3155, or by email at bcvsc@roadrunner.com.

Veterans can also reach out to the Ohio Department of Veterans Services at dvs.ohio.gov or by calling 1-877-OHIO-VET (1-877-644-6838).

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

Reach Daniel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

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