Already busy, York’s veterans committee has big plans
By Dan Bancroft / Yorkweekly
January 7, 2020
Waddell sees the committee’s work as an opportunity to do more for the veterans who live and work in York. Building a meaningful database of those veterans is high on his list. “We just don’t know who they are,” he says.YORK -- For a group that was formed just over eight months ago, the Committee for Veterans Affairs has accomplished quite a lot.
Nancy and Barbara Leigh of York stand with LT. Commander Ryan Gieleghen, Master Chief Eric Frank and crew members of the USS California while they await the start of York's Festival of Lights Parade December 7, 2019
The group has held 12 formal meetings since it was created by the Board of Selectmen April 8, 2019, according to member Mike Dow.
The committee’s mission is to “serve as a point of contact for matters relating to veterans and the military, to develop and maintain a broad perspective on the town’s approach to and participation in all such matters, to help ensure the town honors veterans and the military, and to advise the Board of Selectmen accordingly,” according to its charter.
Chair Barry Waddell takes that mission seriously. “Our job is to aid and assist the board,” he says, “but we are not a service organization.” Sometimes, that is a distinction without a difference.
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