Good year for veterans program

ESCANABA — Delta County Veterans Service Officer David Dziewior provided an update on what the county’s veterans service office has done this year to the Delta County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting Tuesday.

“Things are going very well, still,” Dziewior said. He has been working in this position for almost two years.

Dziewior last provided an update on his office to the board in April. Since then, he said, the office has been able to serve 266 veterans. The office has served 414 veterans this year, and about 757 veterans since Dziewior began working as the county’s veterans service officer.

One of the veterans service office’s largest accomplishments in 2017 was the establishment of a program offering free rides to and from medical appointments at Iron Mountain’s Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. The program officially began on Oct. 14.

“We’ve already taken 10 trips out to the VA,” Dziewior said.

Dziewior also spoke to the board about a program he hopes to implement in the future, which would provide reimbursements of up to $100 for costs related to the installation of gravestone markers provided to veterans by the government. The board voted to develop the program with Dziewior’s involvement.

Commissioner David Moyle gave his thanks to Dziewior for what he has done for the county.

“You’ve really done a lot of good for a lot of good people, so thank you,” he said.

In other business, the board:

– voted in favor of accepting a $94,690 grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for remonumentation work in 2018 and renewing a contract with Davis-Wanic Land Surveyors for the work. They also heard about 2017’s remonumentation efforts from Delta County Surveyor Mel Davis.

– agreed to review the applicants for a county road commissioner vacancy and vote to determine which one will be appointed to fill the vacancy at the next meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Dec. 19.