By Meredith McCulloch
On February 10, Bedford’s Selectmen approved the renewal of an agreement with the Town of Lexington to continue a Veterans’ Affairs District through June 30, 2019. The agreement provides services to veterans living in the two towns while allowing the towns to share staff and other administrative costs. The shared staff are the Veterans’ District Director Gina Rada and Veterans’ Agent William Linnehan, who are under the Youth and Family Services Department.
The previous Veterans’ District agreement has been in place for two years. Town Manager Richard Reed reported, “The district has been very successful for the two towns. Staff members of both towns agree that this was a very good agreement and we wholeheartedly recommend approval.”
Sue Baldauf, Director of Youth and Family Services, said “I totally agree with Rick [Reed].” She noted that the Veterans’ District positions both towns to successfully respond to any changes that may be coming down the road at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, citing a 70 bed shelter that is to be built. “We have a good relationship and work closely together; the Veterans’ District Director and the Veterans’ Agent are both accountable to me, and to my counterpart in Lexington,” she commented.
The agreement must also be approved by the state Department of Veteran’s Affairs.