Vets Services Relocating Back to Memorial Hall
The Franklin County Veterans Service Commission (FCVSC) will be packing up and relocating down Broad Street this year. The group will return operations to Memorial Hall at 280 E. Broad Street (the building that some still refer to as “The Old COSI”) this Fall in advance of the planned demolition of Vets Memorial.
Memorial Hall was original built in 1906 to function as a place to honor the soldiers of Franklin County. The building served that purpose until the 1950s when Vets Memorial was constructed on the riverfront. Following the demolition of Vets Memorial, that site will be rebuilt as a new Memorial and Museum to honor Ohio Veterans.
“We are very happy that the Veterans Service Commission has accepted our offer to return to the County’s original Veterans Memorial at our historic Memorial Hall,” said Board President Marilyn Brown. “This decision will save the Commission over $250,000 annually, and will allow them to expand and enhance their service offerings. Taking care of our veterans and their families is the best way to honor their service and their sacrifice.”
FCVSC services over 24,000 local military veterans, active duty personnel and their families. The Commissioners approved a 5.4% increase in the 2014 Budget to accomodate for the increased demand for food vouchers, dental health care, housing assistance, utility payments and medical transportation for local vets.
“This is a true win-win for the veterans of Franklin County, and our residents who share in our appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Commissioner John O’Grady. “The current Veterans Memorial site will be redeveloped to appropriately honor veterans, educate our children about their service and sacrifice, while acting as a catalyst for revitalization of the Scioto Peninsula. And Memorial Hall will be a great place to meet the growing needs of our veterans and their families in a newly-renovated and larger office space.”
For more information, visit www.franklincountyohio.gov.
Franklin County Board of Commissioners.