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Thursday, August 27, 2015

U.S. Senator Praises County For Services To Veterans

Potter County Today

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U. S. Senator Pat Toomey came to Potter County to express his appreciation to the many people who have been working to serve military veterans. He stopped at the new Potter County Veterans Center (former Penn State Extension building at Mapleview). Toomey was addressed, at left, by Dr. Felipe Diaz, chief of staff for the Bath (N.Y.) Medical Center. Diaz announced that Bath will be expanding the VA Medical Clinic in Potter County, bringing tele-medicine services. 

resizedAmong others who discussed their ongoing services to veterans were Ed Fisher, a founder of the Leek Hunting and Mountain Preserve in Oswayo; Pete Ryan and David Saulter, organizers of the annual God’s County Chapter/Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters; representatives of the American Eagles and Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets motorcycle clubs; officers of veterans’ service organizations in Galeton, Coudersport and Ulysses; and other invited guests. Toomey said that in his many years as a congressman, and now a senator, he has not seen a county as dedicated to caring for its veterans as Potter. 

Some of those attending used the occasion to seek the senator’s support for measures to improve rural veterans’ access to quality health care, and to suggest that the unique combination of services and opportunities in Potter County could be the foundation for deeper involvement with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Discussions of those possibilities will continue between the Potter County Commissioners and Sen. Toomey’s staff. Toomey stopped at the Military Wall of Honor in the Coudersport Arboretum, where he praised the efforts of American Legion Post 192 in erecting and maintaining the wall. Shown from left are Commissioner Doug Morley, Post 192 Adjutant Ted Parsell, Senator Pat Toomey, Commissioner Paul Heimel, and Veterans Affairs Director Will Worthington.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Great job by ALL! Thank you to all who have served in the military or served in other ways.

Timothy C. Cole said...

Good to see services improve for a historically underserved population in Potter County! Paul GREAT WORK! I am wondering if you could perhaps explain to Sen. Toomey how wellness checks on 100% Service connected vets are carried out in POtter County? Are there any standard procedures?

Anonymous said...

That was a wellness check I just assumed it was a Gay bashing> You got to love Coudersport.