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The mayors of Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and the Yavapai County supervisors along with other area towns have been invited to attend a meeting sponsored by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.
By Mike Cosentino
Larson Newspapers
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The mayors of Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and the Yavapai County supervisors along with other area towns have been invited to attend a meeting sponsored by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

The ADVS will hold a meeting in Prescott on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. It will be held at the American Legion Post No. 6, at 202 S. Pleasant Street, in Prescott.

Brig. Gen. Richard G. Maxon, interim director of the ADVS, will be there.

He was appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano this year as the interim director after unacceptable conditions were found at the Arizona Veterans Home.

The ADVS provides assistance through a variety of programs to many of the nearly 600,000 veterans who live in Arizona.

The purpose of the regional meetings is to engage and educate the members of the community, local officials and veterans on the issues of Arizona veterans.

Those issues include jobs, health care, post traumatic stress syndrome, education, adult day health care, cemetery services and others.

Invitations for the meeting went to the following:

Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig, Jerome Mayor John Bob Bouwman, Camp Verde Mayor Tony Gioia, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens, Sedona Mayor Pud Colquitt, Chino Valley Mayor Karen Fann, Dewey-Humboldt Mayor Robert Greene and Prescott Mayor Rowle Simmons.

The Arizona Veterans’ Service Advisory Commission, the former vets organization in Arizona, now fills an advisory role to the ADVS.

The commission was established as the Arizona Veterans’ Service Commission in 1951, with responsibility for a number of areas involving Arizona’s veterans. For example, the commission appointed a director of veterans’ affairs, acted as guardian of the estate for incompetent veterans or their minor children and assisted veterans and their widows, children or heirs in establishing any right or benefit.

In 1999, the Arizona Legislature created the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, which is headed by a governor-appointed director and is responsible for providing the services previously provided by the commission

At that time, the legislature made the commission an advisory body with the responsibility of advising the governor and the ADVS on veterans’ issues.

More information can be found at www.azdvs.gov.



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