Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:48 AM
AUSTIN - Some leaders of a Central Texas city have proposed creating a veterans-affairs commission to help ex-military personnel better deal with life out of the service.
The Austin City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday to create the commission. The project would include volunteers. Further details on costs weren't immediately outlined.
The Austin American-Statesman reports panel members would help track issues facing the area's estimated 40,000 veterans and be city government advocates for vets.
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who's a retired Navy pilot, backs the proposal.
The city in 2007 created a veterans ombudsman office.
Austin in 2008 received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The honor is for organizations that do an outstanding job supporting their National Guard and Army Reserve employees.
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