At left, Kristi Powell (back), the new veterans’ outreach officer will join veterans service officer Joe Moenter in the Putnam County Veteran’s office. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
At left, Kristi Powell (back), the new veterans’ outreach officer will join veterans service officer Joe Moenter in the Putnam County Veteran’s office. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

PUTNAM 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.

“My 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.

‘This 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.

Her 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.

story created on Friday 1/31/2014 at 2:06:31 pm by Nancy Kline