OTTAWA – Tom “Duffer’ Rosenbauer is familiar with the duties required as a commissioner on the Putnam County Veterans Service Commission. Last week he was sworn in to serve on the board.

“I was on the board once before,” Rosenbauer said. “I’m doing it again because I feel it is important to continue to provide assistance to veterans.” He was appointed to the position by Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh.

Rosenbauer served in the Army from 1971 to 1973.

Rosenbauer is also a member of American Legion Post 63 and Ottawa VFW Post 9143. He has served as Post Commander seven times.

“I’m the commander again,” Rosenbauer said.

Many residents will recognize Rosenbauer for his position as a car salesperson. “It’s a job I’ve been doing for 41 years,” he said.

“I want to do well in treating veterans who need support,” Rosenbauer said.

The Putnam County Veterans Service Commission provides financial assistance, referrals, and information and assists in obtaining Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. There are many benefits and services available to veterans and their families.

The agency encourages all Veterans from every era to see what benefits they are entitled to. Some services they provide are financial assistance, burial benefits, widow benefits, Veterans ID cards, VA claims assistance, flag cases, and VA health care enrollment.

Ohio is the only state that provides such comprehensive support and services to its veterans. Each of the 88 counties in Ohio has a board of five appointed commissioners who administer the program for their respective counties.