Carroll County proclaims November 'Hire a Veteran Month'
By Jennifer Turiano
Carroll County Times|
Nov 08, 2018 | 1:40 PM
The Carroll Board of County Commissioners proclaimed November as “Hire a Veteran Month” this week.
The announcement comes on the heels of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signing a proclamation designating November as “Hire A Veteran Month.”
“Carroll is taking the lead, I believe, in the nation in dealing with veterans,” said Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2, at Thursday’s commissioners meeting. “I'm really happy to see we’ve declared that it’s ‘Hire a Veteran Month.’ ”
Weaver also took a moment during the meeting to discuss the Veterans Advisory Council, as he is an ex-officio member.
Business Advocates for Veterans hosted its 2018 luncheon for Carroll County veterans and police at the Westminster American Legion Post #31 on Nov. 7. Cpl. Michael Fitzgerald is Police Officer of the Year, Landon R. Becker is Veteran of the Year and Koons Westminster Toyota is Employer of the Year.
“Now we have a lot of programs in Carroll County, but the Veterans Advisory Council is one that I think is unprecedented. I worked with them for the past three years. We have a lot that we offer veterans,” he said.
“And they’re pushing to get the Veterans Independence Project, where a veteran in Carroll County will have every service. Help with employment, help with almost anything. We even have a service office at BERC to help veterans, give them any assistance they need.”
He continued, “When we get this all put together, there will not be a homeless veteran in Carroll County. There will not be [a] veteran that needs help that won’t get it, and the project is just unbelievable.”