With the opening of a new Georgia Department of Veterans Service office in Grovetown on Monday, November 16, veterans and families in Columbia County will soon be able to get help closer to home.

The Grovetown office joins the GDVS field office network across the state to provide personal assistance to veterans filing for state and federal benefits.

“We’re here to serve those who have served, everywhere in the state of Georgia,” said GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. “We’re excited to offer a new location in Columbia County. Our certified, experienced staff are ready to advise and assist veterans and their families.”

Located at 5170 B. Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown, GA 30813, the Grovetown office will serve veterans in Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond counties.

Veterans and families should make an appointment before visiting due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The GDVS asks all guests to wear a facemask and observe social distancing guidelines.

To schedule an appointment, please call 706-210-2067 or email the office manager at james.hood@vs.state.ga.us.

The Grovetown office can assist in filing applications for VA healthcare, compensation for service-connected disabilities, pension for wartime veterans or surviving spouses, financial assistance for home health care, assisted living and nursing home care, Certificates of Eligibility for a VA Home Loan, and Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.

The office can also assist in certifying a veteran’s eligibility for many benefits provided by the state (driver’s licenses, special motor vehicle license plates, honorary hunting and fishing licenses, discounts at Department of Natural Resources facilities, Certificates of Exemption from payment of certain fees and taxation, etc.).

Commissioner Roby encourages all Georgia veterans, regardless of when or where they served, to visit a GDVS field service office for information on federal and state benefits and to get help applying for them.

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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.