Georgia Department of Veterans Service:

The State of Georgia offers free assistance to veterans through the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), the state government agency established for the purpose of advising, counseling, and assisting veterans and their families in receiving their earned benefits under the vast, frequently changing, and complex framework of veterans’ laws.

Georgians who are having problems getting into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system can rely on the staff at GDVS field service offices to do everything they can to assist them with their problems. GDVS works with VA to help Georgia veterans receive their needed care in a timely manner for new patients, specialty patients, mental health patients, and returning patients in VA medical facilities.

Veterans and their dependents can receive personal assistance in filing for VA benefits and other earned entitlements at any of the 50 GDVS field service offices located across the state. Each claim submitted is processed by VA and answered with an explanation as to why it was or was not approved. The GDVS Claims & Appeals Division, located in the VA Regional Office Building in Decatur, monitors VA claims filed and, when needed, assists with the preparation and presentation of appeals.

In addition to assisting veterans obtain benefits provided by the federal government, GDVS also administers a separate set of benefits offered by the State of Georgia, including driving licenses, special motor vehicle license plates, honorary hunting and fishing licenses, discounts at Department of Natural Resources facilities, and Certificates of Exemption from payment of certain fees and taxes.

Contact information for GDVS field service offices is listed at veterans.georgia.gov/field-offices; veterans may also call 404-656-2300 for directory assistance. gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us.

 

Georgia Veterans Service Officers include:

Jay Wilkoff is our best local Veterans Service Officer, and he works by appointment at the VFW on Victory Drive. You can arrange an appointment by calling (706) 687-6656. Listen to him carefully and follow his recommendations, for success.

 

Alabama Department of Veterans Services:

Local Alabama POC is David Sharpe, and his office is located in the Russell County Government office building. His email is david.sharpe@va.Alabama.gov