The Montgomery County Council today gave unanimous approval to legislation proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett to establish a County Commission on Veterans’ Affairs.
“There are approximately 60,000 veterans who call Montgomery County home and we are thankful for their service to our nation,” said Leggett, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. “This commission is one way to hear from these men and women and their families about how we can be responsive to veterans’ needs, prepare for the return of active-duty personnel, and welcome them back to our community. I thank the Council for their strong support.”
“This legislation is more than just critical services and support for our veterans; it’s also a thank you note,” said Montgomery County Council President Mike Knapp, who served 10 years in the Army Reserves. “Each day, more and more of our servicemen and women return from Iraq, Afghanistan, or various other places from around the globe, and assimilate back into their civilian lives. Many of them need guidance, help, information, and advice.
This legislation ensures we can give them the services and support they need quickly, and with the respect and dignity they have earned and deserve.”
“I am thrilled that Montgomery County is leading the state in establishing a Veterans’ Commission charged with identifying the needs, resources, and opportunities for our veterans that will help to meet our veterans’ needs and improve the quality of their lives,” said Lorrie Knight-Major, mother of injured Iraqi War veteran Sgt. Ryan Major.
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