It can certainly be a positive thing when veterans who live in the County have the ear of their state and congressional representatives. County Vets now have a voice.

John DeVeau, Executive Director of the Farm of Hope in Caribou, Maine was one of about 4 people selected for Rep. Bruce Poliquin's Veteran Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is for them to discuss issues facing local veterans and how to best serve them.

Those on the panel will serve the Pine Tree States' 2nd District and will have quarterly meetings throughout the state. Each chairman has been asked to assemble their own committee of 2-5 people in order to best communicate the County needs as a whole.

DeVeau said, "The benefit of this (local advisory committee) is that for the first time in Maine we'll actually have direct representation and conversations with the Veterans Administration and the Veterans Committee."

Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who represents the 2nd District of Maine in Washington D.C., now sits on the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs.

It's good to know that veterans in the County now have a voice for them. The hope is that area veterans would utilize people on the council and get involved to make Aroostook County a better place for those who have served their country.