PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS TO CAUSE CLOSURES AT COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICES



For Immediate Release: May 21, 2015

Proposed Budget Cuts To Cause Closures At County Veterans Service Offices

MONTGOMERY -- New budget cuts proposed by the Alabama Legislature will have a significant impact on the services provided by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA).  The General Fund budget currently before the Legislature will reduce the ADVA budget by over nine percent. This action will lead to the closure of Veterans Service Offices (VSO) in Lamar, Pickens, and Greene Counties. 

“The decision to close county offices that serve our state’s veterans is not one that we take lightly,” said ADVA Commissioner Clyde Marsh.  “Unfortunately, should this budget be enacted into law, we will have to take measures to address the shortfall in the department’s budget.”

To meet the veterans’ needs, the ADVA will designate other County VSOs to serve these counties; veterans will have to travel farther to receive the assistance they deserve.

The ADVA currently has 41 Veterans Services Officers serving in fifty offices in Alabama’s 67 counties and provides services to 414,000 veterans.  Services such as compensation and pension benefits, educational assistance, and long-term care through the department’s veterans home program are administered through the department. 

For more information, please contact Jana Ingels at the ADVA at (334) 242-5084.