Alcorn receives request for veteran service office

county_alcorn_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors took under advisement a recommendation that the salary of the county’s veteran service officer be increased by $1,000 per year.

The board met in executive session after the regular county board meeting Monday to discuss the salary recommendation as well as a personnel issue in the veterans service office, said board attorney Bill Davis.

Veteran Service Officer Pat Ray presented her budget request during the meeting, but asked if she might submit a revised budget request.

Two veterans who attended the meeting recommended that supervisors give Ray a raise based on her value to the county and the funds she brings into the county on behalf of veterans and veteran survivors.

In submitting her budget request, Ray reported veterans in the county received more than $12 million in benefits: $7.567 million in direct monetary benefits; $4.413 million in medical benefits; $321,000 in vocational rehabilitation services; $188,000 in remodeling payments for veteran and survivor homes; and $138,000 in life insurance benefits.

Alcorn County has a total of 2,271 veterans drawing benefits, she said.

Ray’s current salary is $32,000 per year and if approved a raise would increase her salary to $33,000 per year, Davis said.

A public hearing on the county’s budget will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 15, the next regular board meeting.

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