THUMBS UP: We’re heartened that, after more than three years of searching, the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project found an office in Westminster that will become the one-stop shop for veterans services. The Veterans Services Center at 95 Carroll Street, Suite 104, will help veterans and their families by providing case management services, mentors, volunteer opportunities, education, career preparation and more for the approximately 11,000 veterans who live in Carroll, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate. “It’s a holistic approach, bringing all those resources together with the knowledge of the board and the knowledge of the people we hire,” Frank Valenti, the organization’s president, told us, noting that CCVIP became a nonprofit in 2017. It had been a lengthy an difficult search for a spot, at one point seemingly settled on the former U.S. Army Reserve building in Westminster, but now CCVIP has a home. The lease begins Nov. 1 and Valenti hopes the Veterans Services Center can open in early 2021. Prior to that, however, they are looking to hire an executive director, seeking public face to help raise funds, offer creative ideas and manage the organization, Valenti said. We wish CCVIP good luck in the new digs and with the search.