Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone congratulated William “Bill” Rodriguez for being awarded the 2017 Service Officer of the Year.
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Suffolk County, NY - July 31, 2017 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone congratulated Suffolk County Veterans Service Officer and Coram native William “Bill” Rodriguez for being awarded the prestigious 2017 Service Officer of the Year. The annual award recognizes outstanding Veterans Service Agency Service Officers for their exemplary commitment to helping armed forces veterans gain access to various medical and social services. Officer Rodriguez has been employed as a Suffolk County Veterans Service Officer for over 15 years, where he serves as a liaison to the New York State Department of Labor and the Department of Social Services.
"Officer Rodriguez has dedicated over 15 years in fighting for veterans to ensure they have the resources to enjoy the quality of life that they deserve,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “He is a proven leader and role model for other veteran service officers and Suffolk County residents could not be more proud of him for receiving this recognition.”
In his role as the agency’s senior Veterans Service Officer, Officer Rodriguez is responsible for reviewing medical records, filing disability claims and serving as a liaison with veterans’ doctors with claims to ensure full coverage, among many other responsibilities. Officer Rodriguez was nominated for the quality of work reflected in the claims filed on behalf of local veterans and his proactiveapproach to help when claims are denied. Among other attributes highlighted in the recommendation for the award includes his ability to lead and mentor juniorservice officers.
Officer Rodriguez is an American Legion Accredited Service Officer, a member of the Service Officer for the AMVETS Post 48 Lake Ronkonkoma, American Legion Post 155, Lifetime member of the DAV Post 190 and the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association. He is a past member of the Secretary if the Navy Retiree Council, Washington, DC, and the Suffolk County Veteran’s Advisory Council for Congressman Lee Zeldin. Officer Rodriguez is a 14-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department Auxiliary Police unit and holds the rank of Sergeant, and is also a past member of the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board.