Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Meeting with the County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs

Last night, I had the pleasure of joining the County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs for their meeting. I was invited to talk about the possibility of establishing a community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for our veterans in Montgomery County. I shared my ideas about a possible new public-private partnership that could provide needed medical and mental health services to the nearly 70,000 veterans who live in the County. I suggested that we consider a project similar in concept and design to the Family Justice Center that we created in 2009 to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence and their families.

Commission members were very thoughtful in their suggestions about possible locations for such a facility, possible private and public sector support, and ways to obtain critical and valuable information about the number of Montgomery County veterans and their health needs. Our conversation and our collaboration on this important issue will continue.

Thanks to Bill Gray, Commission Chair, and to Betsy Luecking, staff liaison, for their hard work and dedication to the needs of our veterans.

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