Easton to secede from veterans’ services district it proposed

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Selectmen in Easton will pull out of a new regional veterans’ services district that they proposed to create just a little over a year ago, citing an increase in red tape oversight that complicates a vision meant to be simple.

The town, however, will remain a member of Crossroads Veterans Services District until June 30, Town Administrator David Colton said, following the selectmen’s vote last week to secede.

Beginning in July, veterans who need services will be assisted by an autonomous veterans services officer, yet to be hired, who will be paid about $68,000, he said.

“We always thought a district was a good idea,’’ said Colton. But once the group was formed, it began building a bureaucracy “that didn’t need to be built.”

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