THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
McGowan Named VSC Chairman
The Marinette County Veterans Service Commission (VSC) selected Mike McGowan as its new chairman during a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Committee members Dean Schoen and Ken Shaffer both supported the motion.
During his report, Marinette County Veterans Service Officer Tom Doyle noted there had been 12 applicants for aid in 2016, with seven of those applications approved, four denied and one still pending. A total of $2,039.36 in aid was provided for the year and the remaining balance of $985.64 was rolled over in a non-lapsing fund. There had been a total of eight applicants for aid so far in 2017, six of which were approved and two denied. Those denied either had the means necessary to not need aid or were referred to other programs that could assist them. Doyle said, there is $1,405 in commission funds available for the remainder of the year.
The Commission discussed donations and potential ways to raise more money to increase the fund balance. Doyle noted he received $1,860 in donations during the year, along with a $1,000 donation from Waupaca Foundry that he previously received when he first was hired as the county's veterans service officer. He also stated he had been in contact with Waupaca and another donation is expected to come some time in September. Doyle thanked Waupaca Foundry HR manager Phil Eatherton for his generosity in reaching out to him when he was hired by the county to make the initial donation.
The Commission also approved minutes from the Jan. 4, 2016 meeting, though amending it to remove all information that was "not relevant to providing aid to needy veterans, the needy spouses, surviving spouses, minor and dependent children of the veterans and the needy parents of veterans entitled to aid." They also added a thank you to former Veteran Services Officer Bill Kowalski for all his hard work in helping veterans in need.