The Warren County Veterans Affairs Office is once again fully staffed.
VA Director Ed Burris returned to the office last week after more than a month of medical leave and is busy catching up.
"I'm happy to be back," Burris said.
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Warren County Veterans Affairs Director Ed Burris catches up on work that accumulated while he was on medical leave.
During his leave, veterans in need of services were able to contact county directors in Forest, Crawford, and McKean counties. Now, all of that paperwork is coming back to Warren County.
"We got numerous claims," Burris said. "I had to review them all."
Veterans who applied for services through another county may continue there or switch to Warren. "It's always up to the veteran who they want to deal with," Burris said.
"Many of those cases have since been turned back over to me," he said. "Those that had started a claim with one of the other county directors can call me to see if I have received their paperwork."
The veterans affairs number at Warren County Courthouse is 728-3477.
"It will take a few days until I am caught up but will work on getting veterans seen as soon as possible," he said. "I really appreciate everyone's understanding."
Burris had three discs in his neck replaced. The surgery was deemed successful, although it will result in some loss of mobility. "It's a definite improvement," he said.
Burris, whose hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will undergo physical therapy for perhaps another month and will be out of the office some mornings, he said.
"I'd like to thank everybody for all the prayers and cards," Burris said. "They worked."