By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) funds a Veteran’s Information Referral Office to guide local veterans through the process of enrolling in the Veterans of America (VA) System, free of cost. Scott Sellers, a Vietnam veteran, founded the Veteran’s Information Referral Office about five years ago. The BOC covers the cost of the office, and a group of veteran volunteers runs the office. “We help veterans fill out the applications necessary to enroll in the VA System.
We make sure everything is done properly. Once it’s completed, we send the entire packet to the regional headquarters in Atlanta and in about two weeks, the veteran receive his results,” explained Sellers. According to Sellers, the having an information office for veterans not only ensures their applications are submitted correctly, but it spares veterans the hassle of traveling all the way to Atlanta or Augusta.
“A lot of our veterans are older and the facilities in Atlanta are crowded and overwhelming,” said Sellers. “Atlanta has a bad reputation.
People don’t like to go there. It’s like cattle being hearded in. It’s big, probably the largest one in the nation.” According to Sellers, 95 percent of the veterans coming into the office are enrolling into the VA System for health benefits. But the VA System also offers housing benefits and job training. “Our office is for the purpose of our veterans.
We are committed to helping our veterans,” said Sellers. “I am retired military. I have spent 25 years in the military, so I love my military.” Sellers estimated that in the last five years the Veterans Information Referral Office has helped over 250 local veteran in Morgan County. The office is located at 150 E. Washington Street in downtown Madison.
For more information, call 706-342-0725. It’s open once a week, every Monday from 9a.m. to 11a.m. “It’s a great service. It’s open to all veterans, male or female. And we answer any questions wives or dependents might have, too,” said Sellers.