Steuben County Council on Aging • 317 S. Wayne St., Suite 1 B • Angola, IN 46703
C.O.A. Office (260)-665-8191 STAR Transportation (260)-665-9856
The Steuben County Council on Aging is a community leader in advocacy and services, including transportation, for older adults and others to empower independence and enhance well-being.
Like us on Facebook!
Welcome to the Steuben County Council on Aging Community Center!!!
The Steuben County Council on Aging is staffed with dedicated people who are committed to assisting older
adults and persons with disabilities so that they are able to remain independent in the home of their choice
with dignity, thus preventing premature institutionalization.
The SCCOA is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by: Title IIB Older Americans Act, Medicaid,
Trustees/County Commissioners, City of Angola, Churches and Civic Groups,
Steuben County United Way, Foundations & Grants, Private Donations and Fundraising.
The SCCOA acknowledges and supports the rights of all individuals and is actively involved in
serving older adults & persons with disabilities, as well as low-income families without any discrimination.
We believe all persons have the right to know what is available to help them care for themselves.
The Council on Aging staff can help provide this information to you.
We provide a wide range of information from all over Steuben County and the region.
If we can be of help, let us know — we are here to serve you!
The COA is already planning the next "DANCING TO THE STARS & STRIPES"
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Veterans Day at Potawatomi Inn
We are having a year-long tribute to the
Veterans of Steuben County
We are inviting everyone to share a story/picture
of a veteran you know.
Each month all year, one veteran will be recognized in our monthly newsletter, on our Facebook page and our Website.
Call 665-8191, Email: Ktreadwell@steubencoa.org or stop in the office at 317 S. Wayne Street Suite 1-B for more information.
The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
Many, many thanks.
HONORING OUR VETERANS
Spc(P) Nick Benson United States Army
Specialist (P) Nick Benson was nominated by Karen Shelton when she met him through his father, David Benson, after returning from the Army. Specialist Benson grew up in Steuben County with his brother at his families campground, Circle B. Upon enlisting, Specialist Benson attended his basic training at the US Army Training Center at Fort Jackson South Carolina. When he decided to enlist, he was not sure what he wanted to do, but knew he wanted a change of pace and to “get out of town”, as many young people who grow up in a small community do. He decided on the Army because it was the biggest branch of the service and the Army had things that appealed to him. I asked what the worst part of Basic training was, he said the first couple of weeks were very intimidating but you needed to learn the ranks and respect the structures of the Army, once that was accomplished, it was fun. Upon completion of Basic training, SPC Benson traveled to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California. SPC Benson decided he wanted to be a Cryptologic Linguist. (For those of you, like myself, who have no idea what a Cryptologic Linguist is, it is one who is primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Their role is crucial as the nation's defense depends largely on information that comes from foreign languages). From California, he went attended AIT (Advanced Individual training) at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo Texas which was a 64 week, 8 to 10 hour daily training where he specialized in Pashto, the primary language of Afghanistan.
During our interview, I inquired about what his biggest fear was and how he handled the pressure while serving in the Army, he said his biggest fear was failing the AIT and being unable to learn the language but he accomplished this by hard work, keeping his “head down and doing the right thing”. After completion of training in Texas, he went to the Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, (a US military complex southwest of Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany). He was able to go on leave twice while there for 30 days to travel and visit his family and friends back here in Steuben County. His last stop was Fort Gordon, Augusta Georgia where he finished up his service. What does a young man do after completing 5 years of service in the US Army? SPC Benson took a 2 week “road trip” with his father and a friend to camp in a tent across the US. They went to New Orleans, Texas, New Mexico, Carlsbad California, Colorado then back home to Steuben County. SPC Benson was a joy to interview, as his energetic personality made our discussion lively and quite interesting. I wanted to know what being in the Army had taught him and how it shaped him into the person he is today, he explained it gave him the opportunity to form life long friendships, to truly experience the opportunities of the world, it has given him a sense of self, focus, determination, passion, self development and helped him find out who he is and what he is about. He says he regrets none of it, although had he been a little more informed, he may have enlisted in a different branch of service. He did not make the Army a career choice but said it has taught him invaluable training and experience.
SPC Benson is currently using his GI Bill attending College for Forestry in the Parks and Recreation field while planning on managing Circle B, and employing 2 of his best friends that he made while in the Army that will be coming to Steuben County in a few months.
THANK YOU SPECIALIST NICK BENSON FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND YOUR SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!