Commissioners Honor New Veterans Assistance Program
CHASKA, Minn.—Carver County Commissioners recognized the newly-formed Carver County Veterans Assistance Program at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17.
Formed as a subcommittee to the Carver County Veterans’ Council, the assistance program’s mission is to support veterans and military families in dire financial need and ensure they can thrive in their community. The program exists purely on private donations and volunteer hours.
“There are times that our American Legion or VFW posts are asked to help veterans in our communities. We want to support them, but we don’t have the resources to verify the service or needs of the veteran,” said Becky Selleck, a member of the Carver County Veterans’ Council, who spoke to the Board of Commissioners.
The veterans are instead referred to Carver County Veteran Services. They can make an assistance grant request and apply for other programs to help with long-term sustainability. According to Selleck, once the veteran finalizes their request a decision is made by the program committee in less than 24 hours.
The program, in only two months of existence, has assisted four veterans and military families.
“It’s a way that we can offer that quick assistance to those at-risk veterans who are in need,” said Commissioner Randy Maluchink, who spearheaded the program. “Our community groups have been helping since their existence, and this is a more streamlined process which gets all groups involved to help our most deserving.”
The Veterans Council is a non-profit organization comprised of the 28 American Legion, VFW posts, auxiliaries, and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon groups throughout the County.
For more information about the program and how to donate or volunteer to help, email the Carver County Veterans Assistance Program. You can also visit their social media pages on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.