ABBEVILLE, Ala. – Veterans and their family members will soon have place where they can go to receive assistance for accessing benefits and services in Henry County.  The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) and local officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, to highlight the opening of the county veterans service office in Abbeville.  The ceremony will be held at Henry County Extension Building, 101 North Doswell St., Abbeville, AL 36310.     

The Henry County Veterans Service Office is one of 17 offices in Alabama counties to close in 2012 because of statewide budget cuts. The ADVA operates 53 county veterans service offices, and as part of a 2019 initiative to expand services, the Henry County Veterans Service Office is one among 8 additional county offices to open in 2020. The department’s objective is to have a veterans service office in all 67 counties to serve the state’s more than 400,000 veterans.

“The county veterans service offices offer important services to veterans and their families, and by reopening the offices we are ensuring they have convenient access to those services,” said ADVA Commissioner Kent Davis.

The ADVA-operated county veterans service offices assist veterans and their dependents with compensation and pension claims, educational benefits, VA home loans, and referral services for needs such as temporary housing, healthcare, counseling and job placement.

Veterans and their dependents can make an appointment at the Henry County Veterans Service Office by calling 334-575-5092.  The office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.