BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 12, 2014) – For the members of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, every day is Veterans Day.
The staff – all veterans themselves – see more than 1,000 Clermont County veterans a year to help them with everything from disability claims to filing for health care insurance offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of their customers are Vietnam veterans who need help with disability claims, said Howard Daugherty, Executive Director of the Commission, although veterans of all eras come into their office.
Among the services offered to veterans at the Veterans Service Commission:
• Emergency financial aid to eligible veterans and families who demonstrate a need. This can include help with food, utility payments and rent/mortgage payments.
• Claims assistance with filing VA claims and other benefits.
• Transportation assistance to VA medical facilities, including the VA hospital in Cincinnati.
• Flags and grave markers, help with documents and getting copies of lost medals.
Meet the staff at the Commission:
Howard Daugherty, Executive Director, served as a U.S. Army Specialist in Vietnam in 1967-68. Daugherty was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for his valor in protecting ground troops as a helicopter crew chief and gunner.
Mark Coyle, Senior Veterans Service Officer, served as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the Navy from 1987-1994.
Frank Morrow, Senior Veterans Service Officer, served as a Sergeant in the Air Force from 1989-92.
Rodger Young, Senior Veterans Service Officer, served as a Master Sergeant and mechanic in the Air Force from 1987-2007.
Alicia Peace, Service Officer, served as a Specialist in the Army in 1990-91.
Andrea Bryant, Manager of Administrative Operations, served as a Corporal in the Marine Corps from 1997-2001.
Nancy Young, Secretary, served as an Airman in the Air Force from 1999-2000.
For more information on the Veterans Service Commission, go to its website at www.clermontcountyveterans.com. Its office, 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday . Call 513-732-7363 for more information.
(Photo above, from left: Andrea Bryant, Howard Daugherty, Rodger Young, Frank Morrow, Alicia Peace.)