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July 02, 2014 - Independence Township

commemorates Vietnam War anniversary

A proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war will be presented to veterans by Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle during the Independence Fest Veteran's Celebration July 4 at Clintonwood Park.

By issuing the proclamation, the township Board of Trustees recognize July 4, 2014 through November 11, 2025 as the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War In Independence Township.

The proclamation was submitted by Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert, and unanimously adopted by the township Board of Trustees at their meeting on June 24.

Veterans Court to form

Independence Township is partnering with Waterford Township to form a new veterans' court.

Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said the new court, with 52-2 District Court Judge Kelly Kostin, will work to keep veterans out of the civilian court system. He added many veterans returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan with emotional issues.

"This program has been extremely successful in eliminating costs associated with incarceration," Kittle said. "It is driven to help facilitate the individual veterans to get back into the VA system to get more involved in counseling and positive programs."

An Oakland County Regional Veterans Court was formed in 2013.

New Finance Director

Independence Township Board hired Wendy Thomas as new finance director, May 21, with a salary of $77,500 with benefits.

"I am glad to bring aboard someone with these credentials and someone who will also bring transparency to the board," said Independence Township Clerk Barb Pallotta.

Treasurer Paul Brown said the township received seven applications for the position and narrowed the interview process down to three candidates before they hired Thomas.

Brown said he was impressed by Thomas's deep knowledge of a special computer software used in the township.

Thomas replaces Susan Henricks.

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