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VAC should stay put

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

The Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County (VAC) exists to help veterans and their families.

It is made up of all the service organizations, such as the VFWs, American Legions, PLAV, Marine Corps League and VietNow.

The VAC assists with claims for injuries due to their service, and provides financial assistance, furnishes transportation to Lovell FHCC to qualified veterans in McHenry County. It is my understanding that their budget is about $600,000, but last year it returned more than $1.5 million in claims won. It appears to be very cost effective.

It has a space issue that needs to be addressed (one office is 5 feet by 7 feet). The County Board had pretty much agreed and had a space picked out. That seems to have hit a snag. It now wants to move VAC out of the current building completely. There is a Vietnam memorial out in front of the current space that gives veterans entering the knowledge that they are appreciated. A lot of the clients suffer from PTSD and need a comfortable, secure space to talk to service officers.

I’m asking all veterans, families of veterans, and anyone concerned about veterans to contact their County Board representatives. Remember, there are four in each district, and let them know that you support the VAC staying in the administrative building.

Cliff Schmidt

Commander, Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 188

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