By Bobbie Mitchell
Want to stay connected to Denton County? Watch for my column each month for updates and events happening in Precinct 3 and around the county.
Denton County Precinct 3 Government Building in Lewisville
The Denton County Precinct 3 government building has been open now for two years, and we are closing in on Phase 2 for the project that will be completed this year. It has been a long time coming, but things are going as planned and should be completed by the end of the year, and the departments will be able to move in at the beginning of 2019. At that time, we will have all Denton County offices together on the campus-style setting we are building for our constituents here in the southern part of the County. The new building, the Lee Walker Government Center, will be the new home to the Denton County Health Department, the Juvenile Probation Department and the Women, Infants and Children program.
We are also very excited that the completion of the main government center’s parking lot and gazebo will be finished by the end of September. We are hoping with the additional spaces that it will be easier to find a spot to park when visiting the Precinct 3 building. Thank you all for your continued patience with the building process.
Denton County Health Department is always on the move
The month of September brings with it the flu season and the beginning of the busiest time of the year for flu cases, so do not wait too long to get your flu shot and try to stay ahead of the flu this season. Denton County offers the vaccine to its most vulnerable, but is waiting for the supply to arrive to begin giving the vaccinations.
The Denton County Veterans Department is working hard to keep you informed.
A message from your Denton County Veterans Service Officer Paul Bastaich USAF Ret.
From Veterans Day to Agent Orange, things never slow down with their fight to help our Denton County Veterans.
During the Vietnam War, millions of gallons of tactical grade herbicides were used to defoliate and destroy areas of dense vegetation and jungle canopies to deny the enemy a hiding place while U.S. forces openly fought to maintain stability and security in South Vietnam. Over the many decades that have passed since the U.S.’ withdrawal from Saigon, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been tasked with providing benefits to those who were exposed to those herbicides while serving in the military. The benefits either come in the form of monthly tax-free cash payments or free health services for conditions that could be potentially related to exposure to the herbicides.
The tax-free cash payments can vary depending on the medical condition and the severity, as defined by VA law. The health benefits allow for reduced cost care provided by the North Texas VA Healthcare System based at the Dallas VA Medical Center, which is the second busiest VA Medical Center in the nation.
In order to receive these benefits from the VA, a veteran must prove they were exposed to the herbicides through documentation or by serving in an area in which exposure has been conceded. For instance, veterans who served on the ground in South Vietnam have their exposure conceded by the VA along with veterans who operated on the inland waterways and rivers serving on patrol boats or other shallow draft vessels. Veterans who served off the coast of South Vietnam in larger Navy vessels, known as “Blue Water Veterans,”soon may also have the VA concede their exposure. The U.S. House of Representatives recently unanimously passed legislation allowing the VA to concede that Blue Water Navy Veterans were exposed to dangerous herbicides. The U.S. Senate will vote on the matter in the coming months. If you are a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran who served near the coast of South Vietnam, please visit the staff at Paul Bastaich’s office at the Mary and Jim Horn Government Center in Denton to learn more about valuable benefits to file for.
You can also visit www.dentoncounty.com under the Veterans Department tab to learn more.
The Denton County Human Resources Department is making the final selections for Employee of the Year.
Each year, since the tragic death of our previous facilities management director John A. Scott in 1998, Denton County has recognized an Employee of the Year in his memory. The award recognizes an employee who demonstrates excellence and dedication, which Scott exemplified during his service to Denton County.
The employee of the year will be honored Oct. 9 in Commissioners Court with a plaque, a resolution and a check for $1,000. Finalists will also be honored in Commissioners Court with a resolution at the same time. A plaque honoring each employee of the year is displayed in the commissioners’ courtroom.
Special Greetings for a dear woman
Happy 104th birthday to Oleta Greer Sept. 1. Oleta was born in Flower Mound in 1914 in a home that still stands today. She was recognized at her church, Flower Mound Presbyterian, on Aug. 26 as the oldest member of the church that was also celebrating their 164th anniversary with Pastor Lucia Kremar.
Happy Birthday Oleta!
Did You Know?
The Denton County Southwest Courthouse is excited to announce that the Texas Department of Public Safety is opening a driver’s license office in their building Sept. 4 and will host a ribbon cutting for them at 1p.m. Come out and welcome DPS to the new Government Building at 6200 Canyon Falls Drive in Argyle.
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