WEST CHESTER — Phoenixville resident Lawrence Davidson has been named the new Chester County Director of Veterans Affairs, according to the Chester County Commissioners.
“Chester County veterans will have an excellent advocate in Lawrence Davidson,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Ryan Costello. “The commissioners are looking forward to working with him and providing deserved services to our veterans.”
Davidson served in the United States Army for five years as an engineer. He was also a section sergeant at Fort Knox, Kentucky. “I am working to understand the challenges facing veterans and I’m proud to be in a position to serve the Veterans of Chester County as well as their families,” Davidson said.
Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone said, “He has an impressive work background including work in social programs involving veterans.”
Davidson’s previous position was the Veteran Center Coordinator at West Chester University Veterans Center, as well as the co-creator and graduate director of West Chester University’s Soldiers to Scholars program until May 2013. He was also the founding member and President of West Chester University’s Student Veterans Group in March 2011. Davidson served as a social work intern for the LZ II Transitional Housing facility in Coatesville and the Veteran Justice Outreach program of the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center.
“Lawrence has a long association with Chester County and West Chester University,” said Commissioner Terence Farrell. “His military experience also includes being a team leader in the Republic of South Korea where he guided engineer units from the army and navy of the Republic of South Korea.”
As Director of Veterans Affairs, Davidson leads a department that assists veterans, their spouses and dependents in obtaining benefits, programs and entitlements, including the County’s Veterans Court program and Veterans ID business discount program. The department also maintains the State-required County graves registration record and distributes flags and grave markers for Memorial Day remembrances.