- Category: News
- Published on 26 August 2014
- Written by Jim Bardwell
GILMER--American Legion R.E. (Peppy) Blount Post No. 320 will be open one afternoon monthly for trained post service officers to counsel veterans about their potential governmental "benefits and any other issues they may have," said post Second Vice-Commander Jerry Holsworth.
Veterans need not be American Legion members, and may seek assistance free of charge with such issues as health care, education, homelessness, substance abuse and death benefits for their families, said Holsworth, the Gilmer post's past commander.
Advice is also available for veterans of the two Gulf wars fought since 1991 on how they can reassign their educational benefits to their children if they wish, he said.
At least one of the post's three members who are trained as service officers by the Legion will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Upshur County Senior Citizens building. Post No. 320 meets in the building, located at the intersection of Harrison Street and Silver Alley one block south of the courthouse square.
"This is our start to offer our veterans more service and information about the programs that may help them best," Holsworth said in a press release. "Depending on the response, we will expand the number of days we will be available to the general vetean population.
"This is open to veterans' spouses and family as well. All veterans are welcome," he added.
Post Service Officer/Chaplain Billy Walker, along with Holsworth and post member Miette Wells, are veterans who have been trained in the duties of post service officer. As Legion members, Holsworth wrote, they "are committed" to assist veterans.
Should the time the officers are providing counseling be inconvenient for a veteran or veteran's family member to come, those seeking help are asked to call Walker at (903) 740-3868 or Holsworth at (903) 399-2818.
Holsworth also said Monday the Gilmer Legion post plans to become involved in voter registration. Plans for that will be announced, he said.