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Dutchess County to Host Veterans Liaison Conference
Division of Veterans’ Services to convene local veterans advocates

Published: 9/10/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services will hold a Veterans Liaison Conference on Tuesday, September 17th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers, located on the sixth floor of the County Office Building, 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. Advocates, veterans, their families, and the public are encouraged to attend this overview of services throughout Dutchess County that are available to veterans and engage with local officials. 

Assemblyman Kieran Lalor and a representative from Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s office will join representatives from various organizations, county employees, and other advocates who will be in attendance to present a brief overview of what opportunities and resources are available for veterans in Dutchess County. These include transit — Vet2Vet, VA Health Care, Homeless Housing and Community Solutions to Transportation, also known as Wheels to Work, among others — and the H.E.R.O. program, which promotes housing and employment stability for local veteran families, as well as an overview of services offered to help with reintegration, dealing with the criminal justice system, and disability compensation. 

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Dutchess County is committed to making a real tangible impact in our veterans’ lives, connecting them to resources that will help them effectively return into our community, and enjoy the gratitude and support they do richly deserve. Whether that’s finding housing, making sure they can navigate the criminal justice system, or getting the mental health services they need to deal with post-traumatic stress or other issues, our Division of Veterans’ Services will ensure these heroes get the help they need.”

A network of Veteran Advocate Liaisons was established in Dutchess County, being comprised of one Town Board member from municipalities throughout the county. Each liaison reaches out to veterans in their respective community, working to offer camaraderie, mentorship and referrals to programs and services available to them by both government and non-profit entities.

Director of Veterans' Services for Dutchess County Marc Coviello, said, “The Division of Veterans’ Services has traditionally engaged in outreach into the homes of veteran families who didn’t actively interact in the VFW and American Legions in the community. Our upcoming Veterans Liaison Conference is an opportunity to expand our outreach and engage even more veterans. Local advocate liaisons in each community have access and familiarity with constituents on a more local, individualized level, and our conference will inform them on the many services and programs available through the Division of Veterans’ Services and other community stakeholders.”

Partner agencies, including Mental Health America, Vet2Vet, Westcop, Taconic Resources for Independence, Paws and Boots, Hudson Valley Regional Community Health Center, among others, will have staff available at the conference to provide information to veterans and their families. This will give attendees the opportunity to interact with representatives and learn more in-depth details about the services they provide.