Piñon Hills Resident Appointed To Veterans Advisory Committee

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today appointed Piñon Hills resident Larry Morris to serve on the county’s Veterans Advisory Committee.

“Mr. Morris is a decorated Vietnam veteran and an active member of his community,” said First District Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Brad Mitzelfelt, who recommended the appointment. “As a veteran myself, I’m honored that he has accepted this opportunity to serve his fellow veterans throughout San Bernardino County.”

The Veterans Advisory Committee is made up of 11 members: five appointed by the Board of Supervisors with one from each supervisorial district, five at-large members, and one liaison between the committee and the Board of Supervisors.

Among the committee’s responsibilities are:

* Informing the Board of Supervisors of problems affecting veterans and suggesting appropriate actions to resolve such problems.

* Helping unify veterans groups in the overall interest of San Bernardino County veterans.

* Serving as a support group for the California State Veterans Home in Barstow and the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda.

* Acting as a liaison between veterans and the County Department of Veterans Affairs.

* Making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on legislation affecting veterans of San Bernardino County.

Mr. Morris has lived much of his life in San Bernardino County and has worked for the county’s Department of Public Works traffic division for 37 years. During his service in Vietnam, he was awarded two Bronze Stars. He has previously served as the commander of the Tri-Community Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9415, is the vice president of Chapter 1 Rolling Thunder, Inc., and serves on the Wrightwood Veterans Monument Committee.

Representatives of the county’s Veterans Affairs Department work in concert with state employees, veteran service organizations, attorneys, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff to secure clients’ benefits. County Veterans Service Offices are often the initial contact for veterans in the community. The county currently has the fourth largest veteran population in the State of California.

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