The mission of the Department of Veterans Service is to serve the some 774,000-plus veterans residing in Georgia, their dependents and survivors in all matters pertaining to veterans benefits.
The State Board of Veterans Service recommends policy, procedure and work projects to the Commissioner, and through him controls overall Department policy.
The Department's mission falls into two basic tasks: informing the veterans and their families about veterans' benefits; and directly assisting and advising veterans and their families in securing the federal and state benefits to which they are entitled.
The Department maintains a Claims Staff in the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office, 1700 Clairmont Road, Decatur, Ga.; operates field offices with itinerant service in the state's 159 counties; and provides representatives in the Atlanta, Augusta, and Dublin VA Medical Centers.
The Department owns the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville which is operated under contract with Priva Trends of Toccoa, Ga., and the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta which is operated under contract with the Medical College of Georgia.
The Department of Veterans Service assists veterans and their dependents in filing claims and securing medical evidence and other data necessary to prosecute their claims filed with VA and other federal and state agencies.
The Department of Veterans Service also serves as the state approving agency for education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.