Veterans Debate

From the beginning it was heated.

"The public has enough the right to fire YOU supervisors," said a concerned veteran.

The topic of discussion was the board's recent decision not to rehire Mike Fulton as a veteran's service officer for Neshoba County.

"There were some travel questions, some possible purchasing questions that were out of line with our normal mode activity. Then the other issues about the time and use of it," said board president James Young.

According to supervisors, the decision was also made based on complaints from a number of veterans who say there were not receiving proper and timely service. To that, one volunteer from the veteran’s office had this to say.

"A lot of people come in and they have stacks and stacks of paper. It takes a couple of hours to do that paperwork. Anything worth having you've got to wait. When you go to the doctor you wait. When you go to get groceries you wait in line."

"All I've got to say is that I want all you supervisors to go do your homework and put Mike back where he's supposed to be," says a concerned veteran.

"Again, there's a lot of misleading information floating around out there," said supervisor Young.

At one point during the meeting some in the crowd even began to chant.

"WE WANT MIKE! WE WANT MIKE!"

That's when Supervisor Young recommended closing the meeting telling the group that the board would examine the 1,600 plus signatures on the petitions which they had presented.

"You will get a list of what we have because like this, this is not productive."

"I know we don't have time but we all gave our life in one of those foxholes and ya'll can't even give us 10 or 15 minutes. I mean! There's not none of ya'll that's been in the service," said one concerned veteran.

Following the meeting Young told Newscenter 11 that no matter what:

"The supervisors of Neshoba County are committed to the veterans of the county. We made the best decision possible based on the information that we had at the time."

Later in the day after reconsidering the issue the board voted to rehire Fulton to the position. There's no word on when he will start work. Three of the supervisors voted to rehire Fulton while the other two abstained from voting.


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