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Monday, May 2, 2011

Lisa Thomas Appointed Dakota County Veterans Service Officer

Lisa Thomas has recently been appointed as the Dakota County Veterans Service Officer, within the Community Services Division. She would like to become friendly with the military, veterans, and their families; therefore, she will be visiting the Hastings community on May 19th, Thursday, 7 p.m., at Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, 50 Sibley. All veteran service organizations, military, veteran, and family members are invited to attend

Lisa Thomas is commissioned in the United States Air Force Reserve, as a Captain in the area of Social Work-Behavior Health Support Coordinator/Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. She has experience working with veterans’ hospitals; pension benefits, medical service needs; Family Readiness, deployment support; Retiree Services; community resources and benefits programs; and served ten (10) years as a social worker. She holds a Master Degree from the University of St Thomas in Social Work

Daniel J. Jordan, the Volunteer Services Coordinator, for the Minnesota Veterans Home-Hastings will also be present to address any questions about the needs of the residents at the home.

The staff at Dakota County Veteran Services provides advice and assistance for military, veterans or their families filing for claims for state and/or federal benefits, social security supplemental income benefits and other public and private programs

The mission is to act as an advocate and provide resources to the veterans of Dakota County, their families and survivors by assisting them in getting the benefits they are entitle to under the law, and have earn through their service to our country.

For questions, please contact the West St Paul office from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Their services are also available in Apple Valley and Hastings; please call (651) 554-5601 to schedule an appointment at any of these locations

Citizens can learn about county government issues at the Dakota County’s website: www.co.dakota.mn.us. Citizens can also sign up at www.co.dakota.mn.us/eNews to receive updates via e-mail. Another very informational site is http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/.

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