LRC has new Veteran’s Service Officer

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Updated: May 4, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

Little River County Veteran’s Service Officer Paul Foster.

Little River County is home to approximately 1,000 military veterans and for many of them getting the benefits they are entitled means cutting through a lot of red tape. That is where Little River County’s new Veteran’s Service Officer Paul Foster comes in.

Foster, who spent 24 years in the U.S. Army, has been on the job for a month and is eager to help those who have served our country.

“I am here Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Foster said. “On Wednesday, I am here from noon to 4 p.m. My office is located upstairs in the courthouse but I will do whatever it takes to meet with anyone who needs my assistance. I will accommodate them however I can. I will even go to their home if that is what is best for them.”

Foster said he has been pretty busy the first month on the job but anticipates even more veterans seeking his assistance now that they know he is available.

“Veterans deserve what they have earned,” Foster said. “They need an advocate to assist them in getting what they have earned. I will help them fill out the forms they need, help them get their medical records and so forth. I am here to help them get whatever they need and whatever they deserve.”

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford said that while Foster does have regular office hours, he is able to come and go as needed.

“Paul is mobile. He is not tethered to his desk,” Cranford said. “He is going to be out of the office visiting folks, letting people know he is here and available to help them. We encourage our veterans to reach out to Paul. Even if they are already getting benefits, we want to make sure they receive every benefit they deserve.”

There are two ways to contact Foster – by phone and e-mail. His office number is (870) 898-7261 or you can e-mail him at pfoster@lrcounty.com