THUMBS UP: The Veterans Advisory Council has been doing important work since its inception and we think the commissioners gave the council some good advice during a recent meeting. The VAC (www.carrollveterans.com), created in 2014 to help Carroll County veterans transition to daily life, provide programs and resources, came to the March 7 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to thank the county for its support and ask for recommendations. Two of the five commissioners are non-voting members of the veterans council: Commissioners Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, and Richard Weaver, R-District 2. Weaver said he liked the idea of a resource guide for veterans exiting the military. “Some people in the military, they [exit] with all this thrown at them the last week there, or couple weeks. They have a hard time wrapping their head around insurance, buying a home ... they’ve been taken care of [in the military].” Rothstein, a former Fort Meade commander, said the research guide and more outreach would be great ideas; he also proposed that a veterans column be created in the Carroll County Times. We have run local columns on veterans affairs in the past and it would be our honor to run a regular column on topics most important to veterans going forward.