Bell County, home to Fort Hood and one of the largest populations of veterans in Texas, finally appears ready to comply with state law and hire a veterans county service officer, officials said Tuesday.
Such service officers help veterans file disability claims and advocate on their behalf, but last month the American-Statesman reported that Bell County is the only county not to follow a state law requiring it to employ a full-time veterans service officer or fund a veterans service office. The Legislature in 1987 passed a law requiring counties with more than 200,000 residents to employ a full-time service officer.
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What we reported
An American-Statesman investigation Oct. 27 reported that officials in Bell County, home to Fort Hood and one of the largest veteran populations in Texas, had chosen not to employ a full-time veterans service officer despite a state law requiring them to do so. Demand for veterans services in Bell County and elsewhere frequently exceeds the capacity of available services, prompting some veterans to line up before dawn to get an appointment.