DeSoto Co. makes veterans job part-time

Published 1:43 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DeSoto County supervisors have decided to make a new veterans service officer position a part-time job.

County Administrator Michael Garriga had argued to make it a full-time position. He said that DeSoto has one of the highest populations of veterans in the state, yet it collects a lower amount of benefits on behalf of those veterans.

A veterans service officer helps county veterans and their families apply for benefits.

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Board president Tommy Lewis said he thought it made more economic sense to make the position part time, to avoid the cost of salary and benefits for a full-time job.

The board made the decision last week.