The Virginia Department of Veterans Services Celebrates Strasburg Veterans Benefits Office Grand Opening
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) and the Town of Strasburg joined together today to celebrate the opening of a new VDVS benefits office in the Stony Pointe office complex. The ceremony was attended by a diverse group of attendees that included state representatives, Mayor Timothy Taylor of Strasburg, several Town Council members, veterans, active duty military, and community leaders.
“Having a Virginia Department of Veterans Services Benefits Office in Strasburg will greatly assist the region’s veterans to apply for those federal and state benefits they’ve earned through their service to our nation noted Thomas Herthel, Benefits Director for DVS.
Our highly trained and accredited Veterans Service Representatives, Geoffrey White and Teresa Taylor, are ready to meet with veterans one-on-one, to help them identify and apply for the benefits to which they may be entitled.” said Thomas J. Herthel, benefits director for DVS.
This new central location will enable veterans to more easily access an array of benefit services earned while serving in the U.S Armed Forces. The office will complement the existing 25 benefit offices offered by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services across the Commonwealth.
John L. Newby II, Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services noted, “The Virginia Department of Veterans Services is delighted to be opening a benefits office in Strasburg. We have a real need to provide assistance to the nearly 30,000 veterans in the Shenandoah Valley. Today’s grand opening is a testament to our continued commitment to serving the Commonwealth’s veterans and their families and assisting them with their transition from military to civilian life.”
To learn more about the Strasburg Benefits office click here.
Photos of the ceremony may be viewed here.
About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 26 benefit services offices that assist veterans and their family members in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering nursing, assisted living, and domiciliary care for veterans, and three veterans cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to needed services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education, and other programs. The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of Virginia’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from World War II to the present.