The county’s Veterans Affairs Office says it plans to establish a new assistance program for veterans this summer with help from a $20,000 state grant.
Cumberland County plans to implement what is being dubbed Veteran Nine-Line: Help on the Homefront, an outreach program that will provide a convenient way for veterans to apply for benefits, including temporary financial assistance as well as help with groceries and errands, and companionship and support groups.
The effort is geared toward veterans of more recent conflicts, such as the Iraq and Afghanistan operations, who may experience sudden health issues or other life-disrupting events.
“This is a win for our 22,000 veterans. It will provide them with an opportunity to not only receive assistance, but to help other veterans in our community,” Amber Endrusick, Cumberland County Veterans Affairs director, said in a news release.
The county said the state grant should cover the cost of the program until a fundraising effort can be organized to further develop the initiative.