Thanks to voters for supporting veterans office

EDITOR:

Thank you. This last week brought to veterans the gratitude and respect Dickinson County residents have always felt. This time it came in a very tangible way.

On election day, Dickinson County voters passed, with more than 60 percent of the vote, a millage that will, for the next 10 years, establish a county Office of Veteran Affairs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, our county will formalize its relationship and responsibility with the county’s veterans. For all veterans – thank you for your support.

On Nov. 11, Frog County Radio, 101.5 FM, partnered with Tadych’s Econo Foods and held a 12-hour radio-thon to support the VA Medical Center Nursing Home and the county’s Veterans Assistance Fund, or VAF.

In these 12 hours you filled the donation box twice; and now veterans living in the VA hospital will have the personal items they need the most. In these 12 hours, you donated more than $2,000 toward the VAF and the purchase of a van to reestablish a local veterans transportation system.

For all veterans – thank you for this assistance.

Throughout the day, schools across the county took time to thank our veterans. Children participated, and were reminded of this day’s importance, with songs, and patriotic music, and speeches, and conversations with veterans. For all veterans – thank you for remembering.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, the Braumart held a veterans tribute show. Attendance was greater than expected and hundreds of residences enjoyed what all thought was a show to be remembered. Half of this show’s proceeds will be donated to the VAF. For all veterans – thank you for celebrating this day.

Veterans make up 10 percent of the county’s residents, and 40 percent of its residents have a relative who is a veteran. The generosity and respect offered to veterans this week was humbling.

For all veterans – thank you

Michael Miller

Dickinson County

Veterans Office

Iron Mountain