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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Potter County: Becker To Retire

Veterans Affairs Director Announces Retirement

Joe Becker, director of veterans affairs for Potter County, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 1. It will be acted upon at the Potter County Commissioners meeting on Thursday.

Becker has earned high marks from veterans he has assisted and from the Veterans Administration (VA). He has been successful in expanding VA services in Potter County and making local veterans aware of the resources and services available to them.

Although his employment arrangement required Becker to maintain office hours on a part-time basis, two days per week, he often went out of his way to meet with veterans during his off-hours. A veteran himself, Becker succeeded in bringing many Potter County military veterans better health care, job training and other services. He took a particular interest in military personnel returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, he teamed with the VA to organize an outreach event in Potter County that resulted in 19 new enrollees for VA services. Becker was also deeply committed to providing county assistance for military veterans’ funeral expenses and assuring proper honor guard ceremonies for fallen veterans, as well as distribution of American flags for military veterans’ graves.

Major General Jessica L. Wright, Pennsylvania Adjutant General, earlier this year commended Potter County for Becker’s work. She called his department “one of the premier veterans support agencies in the commonwealth in providing first-class service to veterans and their beneficiaries.” Potter County Today

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Joe is really a great guy....I used his gudance when I got discharged from the Navy in 1995 and he was very helpful. Enjoy your retirement Joe! You deserve it!