Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 21, 2013

VSO to request city funds for assistant

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Veteran's Service Officer Bill Ward attended a recent Cumberland County Budget Committee meeting and told the committee he would like to approach the city of Crossville in an attempt to have them match funds to make a part-time assistant become full time.

"We could do so much more for the veterans and their families with a full-time assistant. I'm not asking for any changes to the budget from the county," Ward said.

Ward said the Veteran's Service Office is bringing millions of dollars into the county in funds and benefits per year for veterans and their families.

"With the assistant we are able to do a lot, but if we were able to make it a full-time spot, we could do so much more for them," Ward said.

"I wanted to get the OK from you to go to the city and make the request for the difference in funds to make her full time."

The county has budgeted $11,310 for the part-time assistant for the fiscal year 2012-'13 budget. This is the first year an assistant was added to the staff at the Veteran's Service Office.

Although the committee did not take an official vote over the matter, the committee agreed unanimously to allow Ward to approach the city of Crossville and discuss the matter.