Oswego County searches for their first ‘Veteran of the Year’


OSWEGO, N.Y. — The search is on for Oswego County’s first veteran of the year. Conducted by the Oswego County Veterans Service Agency, they have put out applications for nominations since January.

The county is also hosting their first Military Appreciation Day on July 13 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, which is where the Veteran of the Year will be recognized.

According to the Census Bureau, from 2013-2017, there are approximately 8,700 veterans in the Oswego County. With such a large veteran population, any type of veteran can be nominated.

“We’re [veterans] all over the county, and we all do the same thing, but they all do everything a little different, nobodies the same, everybody’s a little different,” said Alan Wood, District Commander of the 5th District of VFW of New York.

The Veteran Service is looking for a veteran who is an active member of the Oswego and veteran community, and also has been accredited for their military service.

Veteran nominations can vary and Wood tells us that veterans who are behind the scenes are important to recognize as well.

“It’s nice to be recognized sometimes, especially those that are big as life like I am but the quiet ones, the ones that are behind there, that always there every day when you need them,” Wood said.  

Applications for nomination are available at the Oswego County Veterans Service Agency or available to download on Oswegotoday.com. Nominations  will be accepted until May 30 .