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By Douglas Sciorra

Operation Green Light begins Tuesday November 2 in Steuben County

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Steuben County is ranked No. 2 in this very big state in terms of resident veterans

The Steuben County Courthouse will be bathed in green light beginning Tuesday in recognition
of the statewide Operation Green Light which shows support for veterans of all military conflicts, with a
special emphasis on the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

A collaboration between the New York State Association of Counties, state Council of Educational
Associations, the state County Veteran Service Officers’ Association, and the 62 counties of New York
State, the project’s mission is to raise awareness about the challenges faced by many veterans.
That mission includes promoting the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to
assist veterans and their families.

“Steuben County is ranked No. 2 in this very big state in terms of resident veterans,” said county Veterans
Service Agency Director Gary Smith. “And we believe our respect for their sacrifices and the services we
offer here are second to none.”

According to the news service stacker.com 10 percent – or 7,522 – of all residents 18 and older living in
Steuben County are veterans, outpaced only by Jefferson County, home to the military base Fort Drum.
Those veterans in Steuben have unparalleled access to services in Steuben designed to show respect and
support including the VA, the Steuben Assists Veterans of Record (SAVOR) program, longstanding
veterans property tax credits passed by the county Legislature, veterans services organizations and the
Veterans Service Agency (VSA).

The VSA has launched a number of initiatives this year to engage veterans and to reach out to those located away from the county seat in Bath.

“We take great pride in Steuben’s long history of military service to our country, extending back more than200 years,” said county Manager Jack Wheeler

Legislature Chair Scott Van Etten, R-Caton has this to say:

“We strongly support the Green Light Project and support all our veterans and their families who have made so many personal sacrifices for their nation — and their neighbors.”

For more information, please call the Steuben County Veterans Services Agency at 607 (664) – 2527 or
(607) 664-2528

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