Pontiac, Michigan -- Garth Wootten, Oakland County's Veterans' Services Division manager, will be elevated to president of the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors (MACVC) June 4, 2011.
"I am deeply honored to assume this position," said Wootten. "I know with the support of the membership, we will be able to continue to train and support county veterans counselors to ensure our veterans receive the services they deserve."
MACVC is an organization of county veterans counselors from 68 counties in Michigan. Founded in 1963, its mission is to "assist veterans and their families in obtaining any and all county, state, and federal benefits to which they are entitled."
"Garth has worked hard to ensure Oakland County serves our veterans well," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "I can’t think of a more qualified person to assume the mantle of leadership at MACVC."
Wootten, 48, has been with Oakland County for 14 years, rising through the ranks from veterans counselor II to Veterans' Services Division manager – a post he will keep while serving as MACVC president. He has been division manager since 2009. Wootten is an attorney who served as a Navy officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He lives in Huntington Woods with his wife, Juliana, and two daughters, Margaret and Carolyn.
Oakland County Veterans' Services Division helps veterans and their families obtain and maintain all veterans-related benefits from federal, state and local government agencies. For more information, go to www.oakgov.com/veterans or call 248-858-0785.
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