Hello, I'm Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia.
As you transition from the military, I want to thank you for your service and commitment to securing the freedoms we enjoy as Americans every day.
In Georgia, we're committed to supporting you, your families, and our military. With almost one million active duty, reserve, guard, and veterans calling Georgia home, we are proud to rank fifth in the nation for both active duty military and female veterans.
To better coordinate state services to support our military, the Georgia General Assembly and I created the Returning Veterans Task Force in 2013.
In the next few minutes, you'll see what the members of this task force are doing for you and your families.
If you haven't yet decided where to call home after you leave the service, I hope you will consider our great state and all it has to offer. Because of your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice, we are able to call Georgia home as well. Thank you for your service and may God bless you.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service is here to help you at every phase of life with 52 field offices across the state. This is a one-stop information resource to help guide you in the right direction after you leave the military.
If you need medical assistance, the US Department of Veterans Affairs has three state-of-the-art facilities in Georgia: the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur.
If you need nursing care facilities, the state of Georgia offers two nursing homes, where veterans stay for a nominal charge.
Military sexual trauma, or MST, is a term referring to sexual assault or repeated threatening sexual harassment that happened while the veteran was in the military. Both men and women can experience MST during their service. The Veterans Administration provides help and counseling in this area.
The State Department of Veterans Service is here for you and your family.
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When the time comes, the state of Georgia offers a final resting place for its veterans at Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Glenville and Milledgeville.
If continuing your education after military service is your goal, nearly eighteen thousand veterans are taking advantage of their GI education benefits in Georgia. In addition, veterans are eligible for HOPE, Zell Miller, and Workforce Development Grants.
Veterans also receive in-state tuition up to three years after leaving the military. Admissions fees are also waived for military using tuition assistance.
All state schools offer online distance learning opportunities and many on offer on campus veteran centers.
The University System of Georgia provides excellent educational opportunities at its 30 institutions for those seeking a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees.
The Technical College System of Georgia has 22 colleges and locations throughout the state that are accessible, affordable, and accredited. Ninety-eight percent of TCSG graduates find employment or continue in higher education.
For veterans going into the workforce, the Georgia Department of Labor offers priority employment services provided by veterans specialists throughout a statewide network of career centers. There's one near every military base in Georgia.
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The free service includes help with job search and resume assistance; as well as finding veteran friendly employers.
The Georgia Department of Community Health presents a wide variety of services for veterans, including Medicaid assistance.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides crisis and ongoing mental health, substance abuse, and developmental and intellectual disability treatment and support services.
Our five state hospitals offer inpatient services in behavioral health, forensics, and developmental disability programs.
We provide community-based behavioral health and developmental disability services through 26 community service boards and other contracted providers throughout the state of Georgia.
Veterans and their family members can call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line - a single number for access to care or help in a crisis.
While your service in the state of Georgia may be ending, the service to you and your family from the state is just beginning!
Thank you for your service. We look forward to making Georgia your new home!