On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Service Mike Roby and members of the State Veterans Service Board will meet with Athens Mayor Nancy Denson for the signing of a proclamation designating Dec. 2, 2015, as “Supermarket of Veterans Benefits Day” in Athens.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. outside of the Athens-Clarke County City Hall.

A signature annual event of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service since 1966, the Supermarket of Veterans Benefits is being held this year in Athens from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Classic Center.

The Supermarket brings together representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies to provide a “one-stop shop” for veterans benefits information.

In addition to the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, some of the other agencies represented will include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the Social Security Administration; the University of Georgia; TRICARE; the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Small Business Administration; the Georgia Department of Driver Services; the Georgia and U.S. Departments of Labor; and representatives of state and federal medical facilities.

The event will include a health fair provided by medical personnel from the Veterans Health Administration. Free medical screenings and seasonal flu shots will be available.

The State of Georgia offers free assistance to veterans through the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), the state government agency established for the purpose of advising, counseling, and assisting veterans and their families in receiving their earned benefits under the vast, frequently changing, and complex framework of veterans’ laws.

At the local level, the GDVS operates a Veterans Field Service Office in Athens, serving veterans in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties. The office is managed by Dale Bell, an experienced veterans field service officer, and is located at 9249 U.S. Highway 29 South. Call 706-369-5630 or email dbell@vs.state.ga.us for assistance.

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“Supermarket of Veterans Benefits Day” Proclamation Signing

11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18

Athens-Clarke County City Hall, 301 College Ave., Athens, GA 30601

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Supermarket of Veterans Benefits

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2

Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens, GA 30601

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For more information on the content of this news release, please contact the GDVS Public Information Division at 404-656-5933 or gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us.