Guilford County government has been expanding its veterans’ services, and the county – which paid a lot of respect to local veterans in many different ways this month – has announced a new location for its Veteran Services office in Greensboro.
The new office, which will be at 2301 W. Meadowview Road in Greensboro, will open for business at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The office hours for the new location will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In the past, the county’s Veteran Services office has been at 1203 Maple Street in Greensboro – the same well-known building where the county offers many of its social services and public health services.
That veterans’ office closed on Monday, Nov. 14 and Veteran Services staff is now taking a few days to move to the new location.
Guilford County Veteran Service Director Robert Shelley said in the lead up to the opening of the new office that there will be a lot of benefits to the new location, which he said is convenient to transit services and is connected to NC Works Guilford County’s Career Center. Shelley said that that co-location offers veterans “direct access to job and career supports as well as the benefits we help deliver through the Veteran Service Office,” and he added that the new office’s atmosphere is “welcoming.”
The county also has a Veteran Services office at 325 E. Russell Ave. in High Point. The hours and operation of that office will not change.
The Veteran Services Department helps local veterans file for benefits administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the North Carolina Division of Veteran’s Affairs of Guilford County.
Some of the benefits offered are:
•Adaptive equipment for severely disabled veterans
•Assistance for veterans confined to a home, a hospital, or a nursing home
•Guidance for appealing any decision made by the VA
•Grants for auto equipment for the severely disabled
•Assistance with burial/plot expenses
•Annual clothing assistance for service-connected disabled vets
•Financial assistance for surviving spouses of wartime vets
•Benefits for children of disabled vets
•Financial assistance for those injured in the line of duty or while on active duty
•Help applying for higher education benefits
•Assistance receiving certificates of eligibility
•Assistance enrolling with VA Medical Care
•Pension benefits and financial assistance for wartime-era veterans
•Vocational rehabilitation training for employment or education for service-disabled veterans
•Specialized automobile license plates for qualifying veterans.
Other departments in Guilford County government also offer benefits for local veterans. For instance, Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen started a program years ago that offers veterans ID cards that allow them discounts and other perks from participating local businesses.