Roskowski begins as Veterans' Services director

Roskowski
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REED CITY — After a military career lasting decades, John Roskowski is looking forward to assisting veterans in Osceola County with determining and understanding the benefits to which they are entitled.

Roskowski is the Osceola County Director of Veterans' Services, a part-time position and county department created earlier this year by the Board of Commissioners for just under $30,000.

"We are very excited to have John on board with us," said Larry Emig, Osceola County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. "In Osceola County alone there are more than 2,000 veterans. We have a real need in our county to assist these veterans in the best way we know how, and that is to have someone solely dedicated to assisting these men and women who have served our country."

Roskowski is a Manistee native who joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976, finishing his undergraduate degree with the assistance of the GI Bill. He served for 11 years in active duty and then resigned, entering into private industry for 20 years, then entered the Army National Guard in 2007, serving in Washington, D.C.; Iraq and Afghanistan. He's taken up his new position with the county this month and will retire from the National Guard in April.

"I'm really trying to help the veterans find what they're entitled to," Roskowski said. "I'd also like to work with other organizations around here, like the VFWs and American Legions, to help get the word out about what those benefits are."

The main benefits being sought after, he said, are health care, employment and education. He hopes to collaborate with younger and older veterans to find available opportunities and make those individuals aware of their value.

"I'm looking forward to having the ability to help someone out," Roskowski added. "I appreciate the effort the veterans and their families have tolerated during the times those men and women were away. Right now, it's getting out and meeting people, understanding the problems veterans face here and overcoming those challenges and making a plan."

Veterans can make an appointment with Roskowski by calling (231) 791-7082, (231)912-7011 or by emailing veteransservices@osceolacountymi.com. Veterans also can visit him beginning in January from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Michigan Works! West Central, located at 240 E. Church Ave., in Reed City.