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Oct. 14, 2005

County Veterans' Office will be Open Twice a Month in Pulaski

PULASKI - Staff from the Oswego County Veterans' Service Agency will have office hours twice a month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski. Donna Kestner, agency director, said the Pulaski office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, on the first and second Thursdays of each month.

The agency helps veterans and their widows and dependents apply for and receive pensions, health care, and benefits. The main office is located in the Oswego County Branch Office Building, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.

"We are happy to be able to open our office in Pulaski again," said Kestner. "It cuts down on travel for veterans in that end of the county. We will be able to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA health care, service-connected pensions, VA plaques, widows' benefits, education, and burial claims."

The Pulaski office, located on the first floor of the courthouse, was closed several years ago.

County Legislator John Proud, chairman of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, said legislators are pleased to support the service.

"Donna approached our committee and proposed to open the office in Pulaski," said Legislator Proud. "The committee was very interested in it and supported her initiative."

In addition to Legislator Proud, District 7, Mexico, the committee includes legislators Barbara Brown, District 8, Palermo; Carl Anson, District 2, Albion; Leonard Ponzi, District 17, Oswego; Paul Santore, District 16, Oswego; Kim Seager, District 10, Phoenix; and David Waters, District 3, Pulaski.

For more information, call the Veterans' Service Agency at 591-9100.

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