Veterans' task force formed

County officials announced Tuesday that a local veterans' task force has been initiated to help bridge gaps between various groups dedicated to the assistance and advancement of the county's veterans."I hope to see the new task force work with the various veterans groups concerning different veterans' issues," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel. "We'll be meeting at least once a month with the Rides 4 Vets program, a great organization, and we're happy to forge together with them to see what kind of improvements can be made."Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg also was happy to see the creation of the task force."It's to basically act as a liaison to further assist our veterans office," Freeburg said. "We have a pretty thin staff there for obvious reasons and when we're out and about meeting these groups, we can really bring in the concerns and ways to improve."