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2017-12-07 / Local News

Flynn honors local veterans with donation

Money collected from criminals will go to Veterans One-stop Centers

The Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York has received $5,000 to help fund its programs, according to a press release from Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

The money comes from the district attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Fund, which comprises the assets seized from criminals.

“There is no greater honor than to serve our country in the armed forces,” Flynn said, noting that as a retired Navy commander, he understands the commitment and sacrifice of life in the military, “and this contribution is a way to show our gratitude.”

The One-stop Center at 1280 Main St. in Buffalo is a nonprofit corporation that offers U.S. veterans a convenient, one-stop location where they can access a range of social and health services, Flynn said.

It opened in 2013 to help veterans more easily access all of their benefits. It has served more than 7,500 veterans in the past four years and has opened two more satellite locations, one at 80 Professional Parkway in Lockport and the other at 29 Liberty St. in Batavia.

The Veterans One-stop Center offers counseling, education, employment, legal, financial and housing services.

Retired Col. John Higgins, CEO and president of Veterans One-stop Center, said the center sincerely thanks Flynn for the contribution, which will be used to assist local veterans in overcoming any issues they encounter.

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