Services for area veterans
Published 9:36 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Disabled veterans in need of assistance in Charlotte County may have advocates from area organizations, including the Piedmont Area Veterans Council and representatives of the Virginia Employment Commission’s (VEC) Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP).
Sarah Maddox Dunn, founder of the Piedmont Area Veterans Council, said there are multiple resources available for veterans of any age or status.
The council is “a voluntary 501C3 organization assisting our active duty service members, veterans and their family members/caregivers as well as our community partners in the Piedmont Area (Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward),” a description of the organization cited. “Meetings are held the third Monday of every month beginning 10:30 a.m. at the Farmville VFW Post.”
“We connect them with benefits and resources and enroll them in VA health care, in fact, the director for the VA hospital comes to our meetings,” Dunn said, who also operates the Veterans Clothes Closet Thrift Store on Farmville’s 146 North Main St.
To learn more about the council and the resources offered call (434) 213-3661 or email email@example.com.
Rex Ellsworth, who is based in Emporia, said Lunenburg County is among the counties that he represents as providing assistance and services to disabled veterans, or veterans who face Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE).
Ellsworth said among the requests he has received for assistance has included medical benefits and resources for returning to school.
“I have a lot of veterans requesting information about their benefits (including) medical benefits or compensation.” Ellsworth said. “I have some veterans who are interested in going back to school.”
He said that disabled veterans can include people of all ages.
“The 18-24 demographic are usually the ones who have the most trouble finding employment,” Ellsworth said. “They usually don’t have a lot of work experience … A lot of times whatever they did in service transfers over to the civilian job market and they don’t understand that, and so we’ve got to help them with that process matching for jobs.”
He said he can help disabled veterans with employment, education assistance and resources for medical benefits such as group and individual counseling.
To learn more about the program, Ellsworth can be reached at (434) 634-3762 or Rex.Ellsworth@vec.virginia.gov.