- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The new director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs is no longer considering changing the department’s name, and is instead proposing new statements to “rebrand” the agency.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1ErQVa7 ) reports Matt Snead, who was sworn in as director in February, presented some of his goals to rebrand the agency in front of the Arkansas Veterans Commission on Tuesday.

He does not believe the agency should change its name to differentiate it from the federal VA, but he does believe it needs to emphasize itself as Arkansas’ leading advocate for veterans.

Part of Snead’s plan includes increasing training for service officers, creating a database of credible veterans organizations and developing a business plan for the state’s current and future veterans homes.

The agency’s proposed plan will be sent to the governor’s office for approval.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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