Veterans officer seeks more pay for more hours

GREENFIELD — Hancock County’s veterans service officer told county commissioners Tuesday new state-imposed accreditation rules will require more work hours and more money.

Bob Workman, who took over from John Carroll last January as the point man to assist county veterans with questions and benefits claims, said he will be required to log 1,000 hours annually to comply with Indiana House Bill 1387, which requires the state’s veterans service officers to be accredited through coursework and testing approved by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

The county’s veterans service office, located at the Memorial Building at 98 E. North St. in Greenfield, is only open eight hours each week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

However, Workman said he probably is already meeting the approximately 20-hour-per-week federally mandated threshold to meet the accreditation requirements with out-of-office visits and calls.

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