Veteran services

Montgomery County Veterans Services Commission Seeks Volunteer Mentors

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Veterans Services Commission is looking for men and women to serve as mentors to veterans in the Dayton area.

The new program helps mentors help veteran mentees navigate their recovery process through the VA. The program is overseen by the Montgomery County Veterans Services Commission Mentor Coordinator and Veterans Counsel. Mentors are typically veterans themselves who provide peer support and advice to veterans for estate planning, administrative law assistance, and housing advocacy, such as evictions and foreclosures.

Steven Strain, veterans legal counsel for the Montgomery County Veterans Services Commission, said, “Any veteran in Montgomery County or even surrounding areas can schedule a consultation. We also make this available to dependents, spouses and children of veterans.

Mentors and veterans are matched based on compatibility and availability. Since the program began, the role models have helped mentees save over $50,000 in legal fees over the past 6 months. Officials hope that more people will join the volunteer team.

“It’s not a handout. It’s something we’re able to give back to the community based on the services they gave us,” Strain said.