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Job description approved
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones
Managing Editor

The Houston County Commissioners approved a job description for the vacant position of county veterans service officer during its regular meeting Tuesday, July 27. The job summary states the veterans service officer will “Advise, instruct and counsel veterans and provide assistance in the preparation of claims for various benefits to which they may be entitled. Assistance shall include, but not be limited to, compensation and pension claims, surviving spouse or child dependency and indem-nity compensation claims, death and education benefits and medical assistance.” One of the veterans service officer’s duties will be to staff the Houston County Veterans Service office, keeping it open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The job description also states the veterans service officer is a department head position and requires a minimum of 25 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week. Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt said the office hours are designed to allow time for the officer to attend meetings, visit veterans in their homes and do other outreach activities. Education requirements will be to have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). The veterans service officer “must have a minimum of four months of active duty service in a branch of the United States Armed Forces, or have a service-connected disability, and have been honorably discharged,” according to the job description approved by the commissioners. The county’s personnel policy requires the commissioners to post the job opening internally for current county employees for a period of at least five days. Commissioners will review internal applications at the next court meeting, Aug. 10. At that time, the court may decide to fill the position from within or to post the opening for applicants from the general public. “We have a lot of people interested in this job (that) I believe would do a good job,” Hunt said.


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