Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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The Albany Civic Center was a busy place Wednesday as more than 35 federal, state, county and municipal agencies were represented at the Georgia Department of Veterans Service "Supermarket of Benefits" held at the Albany Civic Center. Hundred of veterans or their dependents had a one-day, one-stop shop to get answers to their benefits questions.
ALBANY, Ga. — Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, the city of Albany and Dougherty County, the "Supermarket of Veterans Benefits" rolled into the Albany Civic Center Wednesday.
The annual event brings together federal, state, county and municipal agencies whose functions relate to veterans in any way. It provides complete one-day, one-stop counseling and service for veterans or their survivors in regard to their benefits.
More than 30 agencies were represented at the Civic Center Wednesday, and participation was heavy.
"This has been one of our largest turnouts ever. We are delighted by the number of people we are serving today," said Veterans Service PR Manager Brian Zeringue. "Our experience from these one-day counseling sessions has clearly demonstrated that there are many veterans, widows, widowers and family dependents who do not know what benefits they are entitled to for having served our country in a time of need. Since we originated this program in Columbus in 1966, more than 168,00 veterans, active-duty military and their dependents have attended."
Zeringue estimated more than 4,415 veterans or dependents were served during Wednesday's five-hour event, and he added that more than 3,100 transactions were processed.