Livingston County Veterans Services Director Jason Skinner will serve his last day today after more than six years as head of the county’s Department of Veterans Services.
Skinner began working with county veterans in this role in September 2015. During his tenure as head of the department, he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of area veterans by fighting for access to benefits. , supporting life-saving mental health funding. resources and act as an advocate for veterans when interacting with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Among his many accomplishments, Skinner said he was most proud of the Department of Veterans Services’ transition from paper to digital. The office is now 100% paperless, with all files scanned and digitally uploaded directly to the VA, resulting in more efficient and accessible records. Technology upgrades have also allowed the office to hold virtual appeal hearings directly from the Veterans Services office in Mount Morris. Skinner credits county leadership for his ability to accomplish so much as a director.
“I am honored to have served the county in this role and would like to share credit with the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Ian Coyle and Director of Probation Lynne Mignemi for their continued support,” did he declare. “The military instills a sense of responsibility and prepares veterans to be stewards of their community. Public service is a great career path for veterans who want to continue to serve honorably, especially with the support of a great employer like Livingston County.
Skinner worked to connect homebound veterans with the VA home primary care team while he was director. The team provides patients with complex, chronic and progressively disabling illnesses with comprehensive, long-term home care. Skinner said this service is life-changing for veterans who need it, especially in a rural community like Livingston County.
He was also instrumental in creating the Livingston County Veteran’s Monument, an over 8,000 square foot memorial in the shape of an American flag, dedicated to Livingston County veterans. The monument features 255 red metal poppies, handcrafted by local veterans, which adorn the red stripes of the flag.
Skinner helped negotiate increased funding for the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support Program with the state government during his tenure as director. His direct advocacy for life-saving peer support resources has resulted in a 150% increase in revenue allocated to each New York County Veterans Services agency.
“I join the veteran community in the county in thanking Jason for his support and advocacy on veterans issues,” Board of Supervisors Chairman David LeFeber said. “He has done an incredible job during his time here. We are sad to see him go, but we wish him the best in his future endeavours.
Skinner is a veteran of the United States Army, which he joined in 2003. He served with the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry in Iraq, reaching the rank of corporal before his honorable discharge from the armed forces. Skinner was recently inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame for his efforts on behalf of the state’s veteran population.
Beyond his work with the county, Skinner is also president of the New York State County Service Officer Association, vice president of the National Association of Counties Veterans and Military Families, member of the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, and president of the Finger Lakes Veterans Advocacy Council. .
Livingston County has named Deputy Director of Veterans Services David Terry as the department’s acting director. Skinner praised Terry’s work with Veterans Services.
“Without David Terry, none of these accomplishments would have been possible,” Skinner said. “In many cases, David was the backbone of office operations.”
For more information on the Livingston County Department of Veterans Services, please visit https://www.livingstoncounty.