To the Editor:
As a combat veteran I have been involved in efforts to support other veterans and their families in and around McHenry County.
I’m not the only one who gives back by staying involved in veteran affairs. No matter what a veteran did on active duty or in the National Guard and Reserves of each branch of service, we all know what it takes to provide the combined skills necessary to deploy against enemies of the United States or for natural disaster relief.
The military of the United States constitutes a very small segment of our population and the tax cost of providing a family's earned benefits is very small in comparison to the costs of administering the benefits awarded to the various levels of federal, state and county level employees and elected officials.
By state law, the Veteran’s Assistance Commission was established to support in the counties where needed. VFWs and other military organizations rely on the connection to veteran benefits as well as independent veterans needing guidance.
Mike Iwanicki, the Supervisor of McHenry Veterans Assistance Commission, has developed and managed the detail necessary to serve the veterans of this county for many years and very successfully, according the VFW Posts I am familiar with.
Joe Kirsten, chairman of the VAC, has an oversight responsibility and communicates well with the county. I encourage all who have had a relative in the service to visit the VAC website to understand how well McHenry County is able to care for its veterans.