Livingston County veterans and residents gathered for the grand opening of the new office of Veteran Services.
After 23 years at the East Complex Building, the Livingston County Veteran Services Office has moved to a new facility. Located at 1420 Lawson Drive, the office was designed to be a point of access and support for Livingston County veterans.
“Our first clients at this location were actually seen in December of 2021,” Director Ramon Baca told the crowd. “So today has been long-awaited.”
The team at the Veteran Services Office helps veterans in need apply for financial relief and childcare, as well as connecting veterans to community supportive systems, including mental health and homeless services. The staff, all of whom have military backgrounds themselves, specialize in everything from filing and submitting disability and compensation claims, navigating pensions, and registering veterans for VA healthcare.
Other speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony included State Senator Lana Theis, Livingston County Commission Chair Wes Nakagiri, and State Representatives Bob Bezotte and Ann Bollin of Michigan’s 47th and 42nd House Districts respectively. The honor guard of Pinckney’s American Legion Post 419, as well as representatives from the Army National Guard and the American Legion Riders also came to show their support.
“We need to have as much outreach as possible to our veterans to make sure they’re all getting the benefits they’ve earned,” Nakagiri said.
Baca describes the facility as a community center, featuring classrooms, a library, and gathering spaces for community veterans.
Representative Bezotte, who also serves as co-chair for the Veterans Affairs Board, noted that “it was good to see such great attendance with so many people coming out to celebrate our veterans, especially in this beautiful new building.”