County Legislature to appoint John J. Crotty as Director of Veterans Services Agency   

(Monticello) – Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Jonathan F. Rouis has announced that the County Legislature will appoint John J. Crotty as the Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Services Agency.  Mr. Crotty served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era, and he was honorably discharged after his service to the country.  The official action will take place on Thursday, December 16, 2010.

“Mr. Crotty has a long history of service to Sullivan County through the fire service and EMS. He has brought this energy and dedication to the Veterans community as a Veterans Service Officer since 2007,” said Rouis.  “This has provided him with a strong understanding of the issues facing Veterans and their families,” added Rouis

The future brings both challenges and opportunities to the Sullivan County Veterans Services Agency.  There are new federal Veterans Administration (VA) medical and mental health programs that will offer substantial services that were previously unavailable.

“The Legislature and Veterans Coalition are both satisfied that John Crotty will meet the challenge of maintaining the stellar performance record of the Sullivan County Veterans Services Agency,” said Frank Armstrong, Chairman of the Legislature’s Veterans Committee. “Increasing numbers of recently discharged veterans are applying for the VA benefits that they have earned, and we are confident that John Crotty has the skills to successfully assist our veterans,” added Armstrong.

The VA has added new disabilities to the Agent Orange list, and as Vietnam Veterans reach their new retirement status they are discovering unexpected issues that demand attention.  The Veterans Services Agency will be increasing coordination with other care and service providers by improving the delivery of critical assistance to both Veterans and family members in 2011.

For more information, please call the Legislature at 845-807-0435.

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