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Georgia Congressman Graves to host veterans benefits fair

Congressman Graves with 14th District veterans
(Congressman Tom Graves press office)

On Tuesday, notifications went out to the Paulding County Republican Examiner that U.S. Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) will host a Veterans Benefits Fair for the 14th Congressional District veterans and their families.

The fair will feature representatives from several divisions of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including service connected claims, disability compensation, dependent claims, loans, education, vocational rehabilitation, homeless outreach, suicide prevention, cemetery services, and medical centers.

Fair attendees will also be able to meet privately with Veterans Affairs VA representatives regarding questions or concerns and this event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Paulding County Board of Commissioners Building, on the 2nd Floor at 240 Constitution Boulevard, in Dallas, Georgia.

The Veteran Affairs in Georgia offers Georgia veterans many benefits including tax exemptions, driving licenses, personal identification cards, license plates, veteran’s education and training, and other special state provisions.

“My annual Veterans Benefits Fair aims to help veterans and their families learn about the benefits they have earned in the service of our country,” said Rep. Graves. “It’s also an opportunity to resolve issues in person with a Veterans Affairs representative and caseworkers on my congressional staff.”

In related news, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) announced that it will now allow all Georgia military veterans, regardless of where they lived when they served, to request a veteran designated driver’s license or identification card.

“Giving our veterans the recognition that they deserve is something every state should do. I am proud that Georgia now extends this honor to everyone who served – regardless of duty,” said DDS Commissioner Rob Mikell. “It can be difficult for military veterans to prove they served in the military.”

“We are grateful to our partners at the Department of Driver Services for championing this change,” said Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Pete Wheeler. “Now every veteran, regardless of service, will be able to proudly carry a Georgia Veteran’s Driver’s License or ID Card.”

The enhanced benefit was announced by Governor Nathan Deal on April 15, 2014 at a special ceremony at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia.