The County of Bucks welcomed a new director to the county’s Department of Veterans Affairs. A current U.S. Navy reservist, Matthew Allen joined the department in April after four years of active-duty Navy service and nearly a decade spent as a deputy in the county Sheriff’s Office.
The Bucks County native hit the ground running, representing the county and promoting his office’s mission in appearances at county and community events, all with the aim of connecting the county’s underserved veterans to the services they need.
“The one thing that I want veterans to know is that we’re here to help them,” Allen said. “We’re here for whatever they need, even if it’s just a person to talk to. Everyone in this office cares and wants to help the veterans out as much as they can.”
As director of veterans affairs, Allen is in charge of a department with three full-time employees and one part-time employee. He was hired at a starting salary of $85,000.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is part of the county’s Division of Human Services, which oversees all of the county’s social services departments.