By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — With the Montour County Veterans Affairs Office named tops in the state, County Commissioner Jerry Ward said, “It’s a great honor to have him take care of our veterans.”
Ward was speaking of veterans affairs director Doug Resseguie at Tuesday night’s commissioners meeting.
Ward and fellow commissioners praised Resseguie for receiving two awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Montour County was named County of the Year for serving veterans.
Resseguie received an award for claims worth more than $1 million for veterans during the veterans’ office fiscal year July 1, 2012, through June 30.
Montour County got the top award based on the county having the highest amount or $1,084 per veteran in the county.
Clinton County, which has two and a half times more veterans than Montour County, is sharing the top honor for having the highest number of claims, 327, based on its veterans population.
There are 1,512 veterans in Montour County.
The county also received a five-star service award for recovering $812,932 in compensation and pension benefits for its veterans during the previous fiscal year.
Resseguie was presented with the awards earlier this month at the Pennsylvania State Association of County Directors of Veterans’ Affairs in Mechanicsburg where he became certified on a national level.
Since Clinton County is larger than Montour County, Commissioners Vice Chairman Jack Gerst said he considers Resseguie “as the winner. He works very hard to help veterans, their wives and veterans’ families and he even helps veterans from outside the county. He’s a heck of a man with what he does.”
Commissioners Chairman Trevor Finn said Resseguie has been properly trained in his position and has attended every training session he can. He was able to get carpet for his office donated as well as a large sign outside his Woodbine Lane office so people know where his office is, Finn said.
“He puts in full-time work while we pay him part-time. On behalf of the county, we thank you,” Finn said.
Ward said the county is “very fortunate” to have Resseguie as well as “all the service organizations working for our veterans.”
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