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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Poughkeepsie … “Dutchess County is proud of the service and sacrifice our veterans have made to protect the freedoms we enjoy each and every day,” said County Executive William R. Steinhaus. “We are very pleased to connect veterans with important programs from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, designed to provide veterans with improved accessibility and safety for their homes – the Serving Those Who Serve and Heroes at Home programs.”
The Dutchess County Veteran Service Agency provides veterans with a professional analysis on a personalized basis to assure they receive all benefits earned from their Honorable Service. According to County Executive Steinhaus, the department also connects veterans with community agencies such as Rebuilding Together, who have programs especially designed for the unique needs of veterans.
County Executive Steinhaus is the Honorary Chairman of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County and has been involved with National Rebuilding Day held each April. Steinhaus said, “These new programs from Rebuilding Together help our disabled and low-income veterans remain in their homes with home repair assistance and modification services.”
The Veteran Service Agency has seen an increase in veteran inquiries following the recent homecoming of the 727th Military Police Detachment New York Army National Guard. The 727th returned to Dutchess County on August 31, 2007. “We work closely with each veteran one on one to make sure they receive all of the benefits they are entitled to,” said Dutchess County VSA Director Nelson Eddy Rivera USN (Ret.).
The Serving Those Who Serve program is designed to meet the needs of those severely injured veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The program focuses on providing home modifications and repairs to help veterans who are returning to their homes with severe service-related injuries, to be able to live in their homes with greater mobility, safety and comfort. This program has been launched with the support of founding sponsor, Countrywide Financial Corporation.
The Heroes at Home program focuses on providing housing modifications and home repair services for all low-income service men and women and their families from past and present wars. Heroes at Home was launched with the support of founding sponsor Sears Holding Corporation and was created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to military families facing hardship. It assists these families by making critical home modifications to help them live safely and with dignity in their homes.
Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest all-volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements. “The goal of Rebuilding Together is to make a sustainable impact, in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations, on their houses, their lives and on the communities in which they live”, according to John A. Beale, President of the local Rebuilding Together affiliate and Director of Dutchess County Division of Aging Services.
Dave Dobson the local affiliate Executive Director reports that his organization has been able to schedule two projects this fall, both involving WW2 Veterans needing assistance in maintaining their homes”. Information about Rebuilding Together Dutchess County can be found on their web site at www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org.
Veterans who are interested in finding out more about the Rebuilding Together programs or about any of the benefits they may be entitled to should contact the Dutchess County Veterans Agency at (845) 486-2060 or can visit www.dutchessny.gov.