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Veterans 'Supermarket of Benefits' draws large crowd

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.

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.

Comments

VietVet1 1 year, 11 months ago

Did anyone attending benefit from this? I was very disappointed, but did get a free pen and business card to call - - but you're put on hold - - forever!

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VietVet1 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh, and one other issue. With the long line I asked a Civic Center employee if they had some chairs that some ederly could sit in during the long wait - - yep, her typical answer "We don't have any chairs!"

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agirl_25 1 year, 11 months ago

VietVet1....... I have never ever gone to any of these "Supermarket of Benefits" deals. Unfortunately I find that half the time the reps are ill informed and I can find out more if I do my own investigating, and I have. Over the years I have found some wonderful little benefits tucked away waiting for me should I become a widow of my veteran husband. Some of the benefits I have quizzed the reps on and they had no idea what I was talking about. Sad, huh?

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VietVet1 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes it is sad Veterans are treated this way. Just another dog & pony show. Good to hear you've found some benefits. My next option is to drive to Montgomery AL and visit the DAV.

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pberthoty 1 year, 11 months ago

VietVet. (and others) At the entrance (or exiting) of the main auditorium of the SVB was a recruiting booth from the local VFW Post. We assisted Veterans that could not stand. One vet had stints and I got chairs for him and his son. There were others who also sat in chairs that I obtained for them to sit on. This was the 2nd biggest and my first. At the SVB at Waycross, only 19 vets showed up. Maybe they will learn what I have been telling our local government that we have the largest concentration of veterans in SW Ga. and be more coodinated in the future. There was a lot more publicity and support from local government for this latest SVB. The last one in Albany was at the Armory. I am the Commander of Albany's VFW and don't even have a VA card. I served in SE Asia in 67;68 & 69 and Korea and was on Fox TV trying to apply for benefits, but do not qualify since I don't have any service-connected claim. However, I am on the agent-orange list in case a symptom comes up and thought I could do the same with the VA. The brochures for State and Federal benefits were handy and I may be able to get a service license tag. You would be surprised how many vets don't know they can get a free drivers license. The residence requirements have been reduced to 2 years, less than when I first came to Ga. Ga. is one of the States that give a lot of benefits and appreciate our Veterans.

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