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Greenfield veterans office moving

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Greenfield Veterans Director Tim Niejadlik

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GREENFIELD — The town’s Veterans Resource and Referral Center is moving from its office on the west end of Main Street to a more central location, where it will be sandwiched between two restaurants.

Veterans services will move to 294 Main St., the former Mark E. Salamone law office, on Monday.

According to Tim Niejadlik, the town’s veterans services director, he and another full-time employee will run the office with several volunteers.

He said he is not sure who the volunteers will be yet, but said they might be veterans or seniors who are involved in the town’s property tax work-off program.

The town has a work-off program for veterans who volunteer and can get up to $1,000 taken off their tax bill. He said only four of the 10 slots have been filled so far, so there is room for six others.

Niejadlik had been working with a part-time employee who was paid by a grant and worked for him and for planning, but will now work full time in the veterans office.

He said the new office has been specifically designed to increase and enhance services to veterans and their families.

Besides a larger staff to assist veterans and their families, the new space will offer expanded services, including computer access for job searches, Veterans Administration benefit searches, and access to other veterans websites, he said.

Niejadlik said there will be a meeting space for clients, a job board and a place where veterans can search for housing.

The space at 114 Main St. consists of a small office for Niejadlik and shared space with the Planning Department.

Niejadlik said the new location provides easier access to downtown amenities, including the John W. Olver transportation center, Town Hall and downtown businesses.

“I’ve already had several merchants stop by to say how happy they are we are moving here,” he said. “The space has been unused for so long. They believe this will bring a lot of traffic not only downtown but into their stores, which means it will be good for economic development.”

The Resource and Referral Center provides Greenfield and Leyden veterans with a one-stop location for help with benefits, burial benefits, employment resources and help for eligible dependents.

For more information, contact the office at 413-772-1571.

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