Veteran services

Westbrook Veterans Services Office Establishes New Advisory Committee

Westbrook Veterans Services Officer Arty Ledoux said he is proud of the city’s work for veterans, including the creation of a new Veterans Services Advisory Committee.


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

“I think this committee will develop the program, and maybe we can be a model for many municipalities here in the state with our commitment to vets,” Ledoux said. “We are doing very 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 and Veterans Day ceremonies, but also actively examine issues facing vets in the city. , said Ledoux.

“We are thrilled to have a Veterans Services office here in the community to help our veterans get the services 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 first municipal-level veterans office in the state. Since then, Ledoux said, the office has helped connect veterans to vital services.

“The greatest touch comes when they reach out to me, or a family does, asking for help and assistance and I point them in the right direction,” Ledoux said. “I have worked on issues ranging from health care benefits to widowhood benefits to burial.”

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

“It would be great to get more contact information for veterans,” Ledoux said. “Lets go say that I wanted to organize a monthly coffee and donut meeting for Westbrook veterinarians and their families, it would be be nice to be able to rather than just register.”

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

For more information, visit the city’s website. here.

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