There will be a new place for veterans and their families to turn to in Clay County. Veterans in that area no longer must drive very far to learn about their benefits or to meet with a Veterans Service Officer (VSO).

The Clay County Veterans Service Office was one of 17 Alabama counties to lose their VSO during 2012. The Clay County office is the second of 10 new offices to reopen around the state. The office is scheduled to begin operations on April 14. The office operating hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new office, located in the Clay County Commission Building, 41771 Hwy 77 N., Suite 1, in Ashland, will advocate for vets and their families. “Many vets don’t know about the benefits they have earned by just being in the military. We are basically the liaison between the veteran and the VA,” Rogers Wilson, district manager, said. “The VSO will make sure they receive the support, benefits and recognition they earned as service members.”

The office is a walk in and be served on a first come, first serve basis. All services are free. Contact the office at 256-354-7888.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for April 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Commission Building. Everyone is invited to attend.