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County expanding access to services for military

BARSTOW • County services such as Workforce Development, Veterans Affairs, child support and preschool will now be more readily available to local military personnel and their families thanks to the approval of a new agreement by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

“The brave men and women of this era who volunteer to protect and serve our nation — and their families — deserve our very best efforts to ensure they are getting the full array of services they have earned, and that we do everything we can to smooth out any difficulties they may encounter in their daily lives,” 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, a Marine Corps veteran who initiated the outreach effort, said in a statement.

The agreement does not create any new programs or require additional county funding. However, county officials said it means more collaboration between county service providers to inform and update personnel on services at all three military bases, including The National Training Center Fort Irwin and the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow.

County officials said military personnel who administer service programs are often unaware of services available through the county and there is usually high turnover among those personnel. The new agreement calls for county service providers to meet on a regular basis with the military bases to get information and inform and update them on available services and resources.

“This collaboration is a common-sense but essential effort to fulfill our obligation to those who have sacrificed so much,” Mitzelfelt said.

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