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Patrick Welch, president of Chapter 77 in western New York and a member of VVA’s Board of Directors, has been tapped by Erie County Executive Chris Collins to serve as that county’s new Veterans Services Director. Welch, a retired sergeant in the Marine Corps, is the recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.

“As a Vietnam War veteran, I know the struggles some veterans face after returning home from service,” Welch said. “I also know the importance of providing our aged veterans with excellent health care and, ultimately, a proper and respectful burial. I consider it an honor to work on behalf of Erie County’s veteran population.”

“As both a decorated veteran and a successful businessman, Patrick Welch will bring invaluable experience to the Office of Veterans Affairs,” County Executive Collins said. “There are currently over 80,000 veterans living in Erie County. [In] Patrick Welch, these brave men and women will have a strong and determined advocate in Erie County government. I am confident Mr. Welch will use his impressive business background and training to maximize the office’s limited financial resources to provide the best possible service to our current veterans and our newest generation of veterans returning home from both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Welch is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Adaco Services, LLC in Williamsville, where he is responsible for sales, marketing, client training, and business development. He has over 40 years of private-sector experience and earned both a Ph.D. in International Business and an MBA in Hospitality Management.



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