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Southampton OKs hosting veterans services officer

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Southampton Town Hall is shown. Credit: Erin Geismar

Southampton has approved hosting a Suffolk County Veterans Services officer at its offices once a week to allow veterans, spouses, dependents and survivors on the East End closer access to assistance.

“I am very pleased that we will be able to provide this arrangement with the assistance of the County in order to ensure veterans and their families can conveniently access the services they have earned,” Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said in a statement yesterday.

The arrangement, which still needs to be approved by the county legislature, would assign one of Suffolk’s Veterans Services officers to a Southampton Town facility one day per week. It will cost Southampton $8,000 a year, town officials said.

Veterans Services officers can assist with determining qualifications for federal benefits, preparing and submitting applications and answering questions about benefits.

Veterans groups, in statements, said some services are underutilized by those on the East End because of the travel time to Hauppauge or Riverhead.

The exact start date or schedule hasn’t been determined yet by the town, officials said.

The Southampton Town board passed the resolution at a special meeting Thursday.

Residents with questions about the service can call the supervisor’s office at 631-283-6055.

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