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January 31, 2014

Help on the way for vets in trouble

Veterans court offers intensive 2-year program



Vets Court office could use a few new things

The Mercer County Veterans Court office will be across the street from the courthouse, at 138 S. Diamond St. in Mercer, in the former Veterans Coalition building, which, Mercer County Senior Judge John C. Reed said, is not in perfect shape, but open to the public.

Furnished at no cost to county taxpayers, except for the utilities, the space boasts used surplus furniture, most of which is broken but functional, a used “retired” desktop computer with the letters “E” and “N” worn off the keyboard, operating with Word 2003 and Outlook 2003, and a new telephone.

There’s no hot water because there is no hot water tank. There are two bathrooms on the second floor, but the toilet leaks. There’s no cleaning staff so the court team cleans the offices and restrooms themselves, Reed said.

Director of Veterans Affairs Larry Scheetz said the office is decorated with military memorabilia to establish a sense of the office as being “headquarters” for veterans. “A place they can respect and associate to,” he said.

“But despite these shortcomings, we are grateful for having the use of this building and the county’s generosity. We are not complaining,” Reed said.

Reed said he still has some needs and is hoping someone can help. Those include:

• A laptop computer that can be carried between the courthouse and the veterans court offices.

• An Excel or Access computer program to maintain records of participating veterans.

• An all-in-one copier, printer, scanner and fax machine.

• Office chairs.

Anyone who is willing to help with those items can contact Reed at 724-662-3800, ext. 2157.

Commissioner Chairman John Lechner said “a hot water tank is coming, Judge.”



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