STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny (District 23), is informing veterans of Pinal County that they will soon receive a new, full-time benefits counselor in Casa Grande after the office’s hours had been decreased to one day a week.
“Soon the brave service men and women of Pinal County will once again receive the counseling and time they deserve after risking their lives for our country and state,” McGuire said. “As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I know it will come as a relief that full-time counseling will be available again for our veterans.”
After receiving phone calls and e-mails from concerned constituents, McGuire inquired at the state Department of Veterans Services about the lack of a full-time veterans counselor in Pinal County, the home of more than 25,000 Arizona veterans.
Massive state budget cuts and the retirement of the area’s counselor caused Veterans Services to decrease counselor hours until they received approval to hire a full-time counselor.
The department received approval and now is working to hire a full-time counselor as soon as possible, according to the benefits services division of the Department of Veterans Services.
“I want to thank the department for acting so quickly in ensuring that all veterans in Pinal County have a place to go to get what they need,” McGuire said. “It’s the least that can be done for our Arizona veterans, a large wave of whom will be returning home in the near future.”