The Hancock County Veterans Service Commission is a five member board appointed under the provisions of Title 59 of the Ohio Revised Code. Each member is appointed by both Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Hancock County for a term of five years. Each is appointed to represent a specific veterans organization – in our county, currently The American Legion, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Korean War Veterans/Military Order of the Purple Heart. Even though their appointment is from a specific organization, they represent all Hancock County Veterans and their families.
The Commission oversees the operation of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office, and is responsible to ensure that veterans and their eligible family members receive all benefits – federal, state, and local – to which they may be entitled.
Currently, the commission is comprised of the following members:
ROBERT ESSINGER – REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN LEGION
ROBERT SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY FROM APRIL 1961 – APRIL 1964.
CHARLES FISHER – REPRESENTING THE AMVETS
CHARLES SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY FROM MAY 1961 – APRIL 1964.
WILLIAM (BILL) JOHNS – REPRESENTING THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
BILL SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY FROM JANUARY 1966 – JANUARY 1973.
CHARLES SMITH – REPRESENTING THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
CHARLES SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY FROM JANUARY 1969 – NOVEMBER 1971.
LARRY SUDLOW – REPRESENTING THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART AND THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION
LARRY SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY FROM MARCH 1968 – MARCH 1970.