Leon County Launches New Veterans Resource Center
Center to assist veterans with job opportunities, education benefits and training
Leon County hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 11th to celebrate the grand opening of the community’s new Veterans Resource Center in the Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue. The center is devoted to connecting men and women who served in the military with employment opportunities, education benefits, counseling and on-site job training in partnership with WORKFORCE plus.
On a daily basis, Leon County Veteran Services counsels and assists veterans and their dependents in processing benefit claims and obtaining other benefits entitled to them through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal government agencies. Now, through the new center, a one-stop shop has been established to help veterans transition from active duty to civilian life.
The Leon County Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is set up to assist veterans with employment and educational needs. The center is equipped with individual computer workstations and printers to connect veterans with some of their most pressing needs. Through this collaborative effort, Leon County will expand its ability to serve veterans as they have served this community.
In partnership with WORKFORCE plus, Leon County’s VRC will provide veterans direct access to one-on-one counselors to assist with individual employment and job skill needs. Additional services include interviewing skills training, career planning and counseling to increase veterans’ marketable skills for employment. In addition to the partnership with WORKFORCE plus, Leon County has also partnered with local colleges and vocational training institutions to better serve veterans.
“By opening the Leon County Veterans Resource Center, the counselors will be able to answer and possibly even anticipate a veteran’s needs,” said Master Sergeant Jan Carey, Leon County Director of Veteran Services. “Leon County is committed to serving all veterans as they have served us.”
The Veterans Resource Center aligns with the Leon County Board of County Commissioners’ strategic priority that focuses resources to assist men and women who served in the military. The VRC allows Leon County Government, through its outreach and community partnerships, to provide not only resources and referrals but guidance and compassion.
For more information, contact Jan Carey at (850) 606-1940 / CareyJ@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .