Jefferson County Man Working to Help Area Veterans

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Tony Manfroni of Hazen served his country in Vietnam as a member of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne division more than 40 years ago, but he’s far from done serving his fellow veterans and their widows today.

Manfroni, with roots in Jefferson County, lived and worked in Geauga County, Ohio for most of his life before he and his wife recently returned to Jefferson County after her retirement.

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Manfroni became an advocate for veterans when he lived in Ohio and after he and his wife’s return to the area, it didn’t take him long to see the need existed here.

“I started hearing this and that about the lack of veteran’s services and the lack of local representation to help people.

“One woman, whose husband, a veteran, had died, and she needed help, but the government said she had too much money in the bank, $8,0000. Well, how far does that take you these days?” Manfroni said. “There are so many who don’t know what they are entitled to, and I just want to help people realize the help they can get.”

Manfroni recently attended a Jefferson County Commissioners meeting to ask for their assistance in publicizing his efforts.

“They have been very, very, very helpful. We have their total support,” Manfroni said.

From Noon-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, there will be an open house for veterans and widows in Jefferson County for them to learn about benefits they may be entitled to.

Michelle Pemberton, Director of the Veterans’ Service Commission in Chardon, Ohio, will lead the session, along with her assistants John Brickman and Randy McVicker.

“All three of them are veterans, and they are very passionate about helping veterans and their widows,” Manfroni said.

The open house was set to be at Jefferson Place where the commissioners meet, but Manfroni said it will likely be held elsewhere because of the potential turnout. As soon as a location is decided, it will be publicized.

Manfroni said he is also working to help veterans who need help getting transportation to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Altoona.

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