September 19

Grand reopening for Clark County Veterans Assistance Center

first_imgWhen a guy wearing a hard hat walked into the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, a volunteer figured it was bad news.With all the construction work downtown, Joe Fettig expected a warning that trucks and construction equipment would be blocking their stretch of Columbia Street.But the man had some great news. He had been in the office before, as a needy veteran. Fettig recalled what the man in the hard hat told him: “You guys helped me. Now I’m the foreman of a crew” working on one of the downtown projects.Judy Russel had a similar experience.“A woman veteran was living in her car with her three kids,” Russel said. “We helped her find housing and a job. She came in recently; she wanted to let us know how grateful she is, and she wants to volunteer.”There are more stories like that, and staffers will be looking to share them when the Veterans Assistance Center holds a grand reopening Saturday. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. at 1305 Columbia St.The reopening is a chance to show off the expanded facility and to remind the community of the center’s mission.“We need your donations, and your support and your talent,” Russel said.The nonprofit center is affiliated with the county’s Veterans Assistance Fund, which is supported by county property taxes (about a penny per $1,000 of assessed valuation). Russel is the fund administrator.last_img read more