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Local Vets See Almost $1 Million From Grant

Westchester Community Opportunity Program helps low-income veterans

Hudson Valley Veterans just received some good news—and financial help.

The Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WestCOP) is slated to receive a renewal grant of $936,025. The money will be used to provide support services for 750 veteran households in the region.

The support services are aimed at helping low-income vets by providing health care, transportation, financial planning, child care services and more.

"We view this renewal grant as recognition of the work we do and the accomplishments we have made," said Winston Ross, Executive Director of WestCOP.  "We plan to continue to work in the Hudson Valley to help veterans and their families get the support they need."

Luis Quiros July 20, 2012 at 03:26 AM
For over 10 years I served on the Board of Directors for WestCOP. Three of these years I was treasurer. Four of those years I was its chairperson (2006-2009). During those years I brought to light many shortcomings and inefficiencies to top-level management and the Board of Directors since much of the agency’s resources that should have gone to poor people were being “eaten up” by these errors. My participation, though often defined as micro-managing, produced balanced budgets for the first time in all of my 4 years as chairperson (verified by the agency's comptroller). Though no longer officially connected to WestCOP, I remain an advocate for the people WestCOP serves, though often failing to protect. I remain the poor person's representative in times when contracts, under management decisions, act in contradiction to obtaining highest moral standards. It is imperative that not just "homeless" veterans validate how this contract and others like it, truly provide the levels of service that meet their needs and honor their dignity. We must all in fact “micro-manage” the funds earmarked for Veterans and the poor as I and many others have committed to do. Someone within WestCOP is not the person that should be telling Veterans how well the money is being spent. Narratives outside the confines of contract compliance are necessary to ensure that service is more than a computed number. We are required to protect Veterans as Veterans protected us..with their lives.
jeff meyer July 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM
This is great news! It is our nations veterans who served us and allows us to live in the greatest nation in the world. As a society we must assist them in every way possible. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Aidan July 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I'm with you.
John B July 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Hear Hear
leesther brown July 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Amen..
Ross Revira July 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Wow, we agree!
leesther brown July 20, 2012 at 07:19 PM
@Ross yes indeed my son's dad is a Vietnam Vet,and along with his purple hearts and bronze star came a whole lot of despair,I'm very happy that there is some glimmer of hope for our Vets without them where would we be!!

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