At the end of 2011, St. Lawrence County was home to 9,019 veterans, and of those veterans, the total amount of money received in compensation and pension was more than $28.5 million, with more than $2.3 million in education benefits.
As a veteran, a person and their dependents may be eligible for special educational benefits, in addition to others. The North Country Veterans Committee is hosting the second Veterans Appreciation Day on Jan. 5 at the Clarkson University Student Center in Potsdam with the purpose of providing information to, and gathering feedback from, local veterans regarding healthcare, claims, and educational benefits. In addition, one of the group's most prized contributions is our ability to continue to recognize the veteran population.
The first event paid special tribute to World War II veterans, and as it is the 60th Anniversary of the Armistice in the Korean Conflict, the upcoming event will recognize all of those special Korean conflict veterans who register to attend with a special memento. For them and all other veterans who pre-register, the committee has a surprise. Visit www.northcountryveterans.com to find out. Veterans can also stop in at the county Veterans Service Department in Canton or the State Veterans Counselor's Office in Ogdensburg to register in advance. For more information, call County Director of Veterans Services, Michael Boprey at 315-386-4754.