Lackawanna County’s Veterans Affairs Office Honored

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recently recognized the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs staff with a service award for five consecutive years of outstanding recovery of veterans’ benefits claims processing. The office is one of the top ranked in the State.

Participating in the awards ceremony were, l – r, Commissioners Jim Wansacz; Anissa Akulonis, Veterans Services Coordinator and Officer; Robert Tuffy, Veterans Affairs Director; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Steuart Bailey, Veterans Affairs Office Assistant; David Eisele, Veterans Services Officer; and Commissioner Edward G. Staback.

Olyphant Tank Gets A Military Makeover

The Tobyhanna Army Depot 4th Quarter Retiree Breakfast Club provided the manpower to clean and paint Olyphant Borough’s M24 tank, which was used in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The project, which began on September 2 and completed on September, was supervised by Robert Tuffy, Lackawanna County’s Veterans Affairs Deputy Director. This initiative was the brainchild of George and Kim Atkinson of Olyphant. The borough provided an air pressure blower and power washer, and Mike Gregor of Sherman Williams donated the paint.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, George Atkinson, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Robert Tuffy, the County’s Veterans Affairs Deputy Director; Joe Rogan, Ron Wassil, Joe DeNero, Ed Moran Jr., Bob Miscavage, Bob Benjamin, Nick Colacicco, and Commissioner Edward G. Staback.

Armed Forces Week Designated In Lackawanna County

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the County’s President Judge presented a proclamation to a retired military official, designating May 11-16 Armed Forces Week in our community. The presentation honored the thousands of men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and protecting our freedom.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Edward G. Staback, Judge Thomas Munley, Master Sergeant Joseph Sylvester, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.