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Vermont Veterans Fund seeks grant proposals

MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs and the Vermont Veterans Fund Committee are accepting grant proposals from this year's fund. The Veteran's Fund was established in 2010 and provides financial assistance to organizations supporting veterans.

Over the last two years fund grants have supported homeless veteran transition programs, peer counseling, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, assurance that no veteran in Vermont need die alone and to provide funeral honors for those who have passed on.

A committee representing the Governor's Veterans Advisory Council, Veteran Service Organizations, VA Medical and Benefits, the National Guard, Vermont Department of Labor and Agency of Human Services review all applications in early summer and make grants. "This committee really works overtime, as volunteers to try to distribute grant money fairly and effectively. In 2013 they made grants to seven organizations totaling $40,000," said Reed.

"Unfortunately that meant they had to turn down several other applications for lack of money. They would love to do more, with everyone's help." For more information on the Vermont Veteran's Fund, or to request a proposal packet contact Reed by email at or call the office at 802-828-3379.

College planning consultant earns recertification

BENNINGTON -- Lora K. Block, an independent college planning consultant, recently earned recertification from the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. Recertification is required every five years.

Block has had a private college planning practice for 19 years, assisting hundreds of students and families in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York and around the country to make the most appropriate educational and financial choices for higher education.

Block was awarded her certification on the basis of her visits to, and thorough assessments of, over 300 college during the last five years, and for her 215 hours of continuing professional training on topics such as learning disabilites, financial aid, adolescent development, higher education policy, college athletic recruiting and professional ethics.

For more information, she can be contacted at 802-447-0776 and


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