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Veterans director in NY placed on paid leave

The director of the Saratoga County, N.Y., Veterans Service Agency has been placed on administrative leave.

Felipe Moon, 45, said county leaders asked him to resign from the $54,852-per-year job on Friday, but he declined. Paul Sausville, chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors, confirmed the county placed the retired Army major on paid leave pending a review of his employment record.

“Obviously, there will be a resolution to the matter,” Sausville said. He declined to say why Moon was put on leave.

Moon examined war crime victims in Kosovo, served two tours in Iraq and trained Kuwaiti land forces before completing his Army career as a counterinsurgency specialist. The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to hire him last March. The veterans director advocates for the county’s nearly 18,000 veterans and their family members.

Contacted at his home in Charlton Monday, Moon referred to his record as county veterans director and said he worked “to improve the way we take care of our veterans.”

“Innovative and inclusive is being something that is different,” Moon said. Asked why he thought he was in danger of losing his job, he said, “I probably shouldn’t say.” Some who support Moon did speak, however, and said the situation smelled of politics.

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