Greg Fox has a very good idea, and that is to create a local veterans commission. Hard to believe that Howard County is the only jurisdiction in central Maryland without a veterans commission, but it is.
I read the article in the Patuxent fishwrap about it and to be honest, I'm surprised at some of the comments received about the idea being actually quite negative. I don't see this as forming another special interest group (veterans already have those) or as making county government any larger. This is a volunteer commission, as many already exist, and the people who would serve would do so as volunteers.
I hope people aren't thinking that a veterans commission would very likely be comprised of Vietnam-era vets. There are hundreds of thousands of veterans out there from Gulf War I and II, and the current engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that's to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands more veterans who don't serve in combat areas. I think this commission will skew younger and will be very diverse in its membership.
With issues such as the Base Realignment (aka BRAC), veterans' health care, etc., around and affecting Howard County, a local veterans' commission makes sense. I hope that Councilman Fox's bill passes and is enacted.