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New program to help Cuyahoga County veterans find social services
County and United Way launch confidential, 24/7 hotline to guide military members and their families
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Cuyahoga County and the United Way of Cleveland have teamed up to help military members and their families find the social services they need. The county has provided $55,000 in Veterans Services funding to pay for half of the United Way’s new hot-line for military members. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald says the free and confidential service line will be staffed 24/7 by military veterans.

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“The information and referral specialists are going to provide guidance, information and referrals for social, health and government resources throughout Cuyahoga County. Some examples are things like employment services, food, housing and utility assistance, counseling services, family support programs, legal services, tax preparation assistance and volunteer opportunities.”

In its’ first year, an estimated 10,000 calls are expected to be received. The service is open to veterans, activity duty members, reservists, and National Guard members in Cuyahoga County.

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