Commissioners Staff Veterans Service Office With Volunteer

The Starke County Veterans Service Office will remain open while the person who regularly staffs it is out on medical leave. Terry Turner stepped up and offered to staff the office on a volunteer basis until Gordon Richie is able to return to work. The commissioners discussed the matter and took Turner up on his offer, subject to his ability to pass a drug test and background check. His appointment is temporary but indefinite, as it’s uncertain when Richie will be able to come back. If he opts not to return, the commissioners will advertise for a replacement and conduct interviews. Had they not found a replacement, veterans who have questions or need help accessing VA or other benefits would have had to go outside the county to do so.