I understand the importance of the military and the sacrifices that our veterans and their families make for our country. Veterans and the military have played a large role in mine and my family's history. My grandfather served in the Army Air Corp during WW2, and my grandmother's three brothers served in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force during WW2. Additionally, I have had an uncle, and two aunts served in the military. Finally, my sister served in the Army with the 101st Airborne, and I served in the Army with the 4th Infantry Division completing two deployments to Iraq.
As a veteran and a commissioner candidate, I am committed to supporting veterans and increasing the availability and ease to receive services from the county. I understand the sacrifices and struggles that come with serving in the military, and believe that the county should do everything in its power to support veterans, including ensuring that all deceased veterans are recognized in the local cemetery and providing any assistance possible from the county’s Veteran Affair office.
One of the biggest challenges that veterans face is navigating the many services available to them. While there are a plethora of services available, they can be difficult to access, especially for those who live in rural areas or have mobility issues. To address this issue, it is imperative that we provide more services and information online. This would make it easier for veterans to access the information they need from the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, online services could help veterans connect with other veterans and find support groups that can help them transition back into civilian life.
Another valuable resource available to veterans in Schuylkill County is our state veterans homes. These homes offer a range of services, including skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, and dementia care. These homes are an excellent resource for veterans who need additional care and support, and they provide a sense of community for those who have served our country.
As a candidate, I am also passionate about advocating for the real estate tax exemption for veterans. Veterans who have served our country, own their own homes, and have a disability rating of 100%, should not have to worry about the financial burden of property taxes. This exemption is a small way to show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. I believe that the county should work with the legislature to expand this benefit to anyone over the retirement age if they have served honorably. This can be a significant financial benefit for veterans who are struggling to make ends meet, and it is a way for us to thank them for their service and sacrifice.
I am also committed to supporting the reintroduction of a Veterans Treatment Court in Schuylkill County. This specialized court program would provide treatment and support for veterans who are struggling with mental health or addiction issues, instead of incarceration. It would be a way to help veterans get the help they need and deserve, while also reducing the burden on our criminal justice system. Veterans who have served our country should not be left to suffer alone, and it is our responsibility as a community to support them in their time of need.
In conclusion, as a veteran and a commissioner candidate, I am dedicated to supporting and advocating for our veterans in Schuylkill County. I strongly believe that our veterans deserve the utmost respect and gratitude for their service to our country, and we must do everything in our power to support them. From ensuring that all deceased veterans are recognized in the local cemetery to expanding the real estate tax exemption for veterans, there is much that we can do as a community to support our veterans. By providing more online resources and supporting the reintroduction of a Veterans Treatment Court, we can help veterans access the services they need and deserve. As a county, we must come together to support our veterans and their families and ensure that they are provided with the care and support they need to thrive.