COUNTY — A 12-year U.S. Air Force veteran has been hired as the new
outreach coordinator in the Veteran’s Service Office. Kristi Powell,
Ottawa, began her position on Jan. 21 and will join Joe Moenter, Putnam
County veterans service officer in the Ottawa office in the Putnam
County Court House.
Powell, who is also a veterans’ service officer in training, will have numerous duties as an outreach officer.
vision is to get out into the community and find veterans and widows of
veterans that we don’t know about,” Powell said. “I want to make them
aware of the benefits that are available to them,” Powell said she also
hopes to make all veterans more aware of the numerous services and
benefits available to them.
“I plan to visit all the nursing
homes,” she said. “Also, I not only want to talk to the elderly and
middle-age veterans, but want to reach out to younger veterans.”
Moenter estimated there are 2,000 veterans in Putnam County.
has been a one-person office since it was started in the 1940’s,”
Moenter said. “Since I’m busy working in this office, it has been hard
for me to do any outreach.” He said the Veterans’ Service Board of
Officers made the decision to add the outreach officer position. Her
salary is funded by local taxes.
Powell plans to implement giving special cards to all veterans in the county.
first project has been sending out over 100 letters to area businesses.
She is hoping they will offer 10 percent discounts to veterans who
present their veterans card.
“In return, I will promote their
businesses on our flyers and publicity for veterans,” she said. Powell
said any business who is interested in participating should contact the
Veterans Service Office at 419-523-4478.
Powell has a Bachelor
degree in substance abuse and Counseling from Ohio Christian University
in Circleville and a Master degree in criminal justice from the
University of Cincinnati.
She served in Operation Enduring
Freedom, and Iraq. She is a member of the American Legion, Disabled
American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Am-Vets. She also
serves on the honor guard for the American Legion.
Powell has two children and is a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa.