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Wayne County plans to hire an outreach official to serve veterans in Downriver and western Wayne communities, officials announced Thursday.

The official's duties would center on helping connect veterans to county programs. The position would be filled after the county’s newly adopted $1.63 billion budget for 2019-20 goes into effect Oct. 1, according to the release.

“This is something that has been sought for a long time,” said county Commissioner Ilona Varga, D-Lincoln Park, in a statement.  “We have a number of wonderful programs and services for our veterans but, too often, those living outside the immediate Detroit area might not have been aware of them.”

Wayne County provides job referrals as well as Veterans Administration compensation and disability application services to eligible veterans and their families, including up to $1,000 in burial benefits, representatives said.

The county also offers temporary financial aid to indigent, honorably discharged wartime veterans, their spouses and dependent children through its Veteran Financial Hardship Services program.

For information, go to www.waynecounty.com or call (313) 554-5045.

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