OTTAWA — Mike Morman, Ottawa, was reappointed on Thursday to the
Putnam County Veterans Service Commission. Morman has served as a member
of the Commission for 32 consecutive years.
Immediately in front of the bench from which he presided over a legal
proceeding just minutes before, Putnam Common Pleas Judge Randall
Basinger administered the oath to Morman. Putnam County Veterans
Services Director Joe Moenter stood nearby.
Putnam County has five Veterans Service Commission board members, each selected by the Common Please judge to serve a five-
term. According to Moenter, they represent the American Legion,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Americans
Veterans. Morman represents Vietnam Veterans of America.
"Since Putnam County does not have a Vietnam Veterans of America
organization, he is sitting at an 'at large' seat," said Moenter.
The Ohio Legislature established the Veterans
Service Commission in 1886. The purpose of the commission, and the role
of appointees such as Morman, is to assist veterans and their families.
The Putnam County Veterans Service Commission provides financial
assistance, referrals, information and aid in obtaining Department of
Veterans Affairs benefits. Each
of the 88 counties in Ohio has a board of five appointed commissioners
who administer the program for their respective county.