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Patrick Gallagher

Residents offer ideas on how new commission can help veterans

Whether it's providing a comprehensive source of information on available resources or expanding affordable housing opportunities, more needs to be done to help Howard County veterans, a group of more than a dozen county veterans and their family members said this week.

They shared their concerns and ideas for how to address them with the Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families at a public meeting Monday, Feb. 27, held at the Central Branch Library in Columbia.

The forum was the first of seven such meetings the commission, created last year, plans to hold over the next few months to collect information on veterans' issues.

"Our hope is as the...