Veterans Affairs Department Volunteers Refurbish Jessup Tank

Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Department staff, Tobyhanna Army Depot Retirees Breakfast Club volunteers and Jessup Borough Officials stand in front of the refurbished tank located on Hill Street. The volunteers and Robert Tuffy, Veterans Affairs Director, provided all of the labor for the project. They scraped, primed, patched, painted and decorated the tank over a two-week period. Paint was donated by Sherwin Williams, South Scranton. The Borough cut down trees and brush for better viability and also handled the landscaping.

L-r, Jim Brunozzi, Jessup Council; Joe Rogan, Ed Commodario and Ed Moran, Tobyhanna volunteers; Jessup Mayor Beverly Valvano Merkel, Robert Tuffy, the County’s Veterans Affairs Director; and Bob Benjamin, Nick Colacicio, Ron Wassil, Bob Miscavage, George Atkinson, Rocco Valvano and Joe DeNero, Tobyhanna volunteers.

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.