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Historic Railroad Station Turns Veterans Center

By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release Email
By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release Email

Veterans in Leon County now have a new tool to help them transition back into civilian life.

A new Veterans Resource Center opened up Wednesday, offering much needed services to our men and women who served.

The New Veterans Resource Center will offer men and women who served in the military the ability to connect with employment opportunities, education benefits, counseling, and on-site job training. The center is partnered with Workforce plus, a service connecting job-seekers and employers.

The center is equipped with computer workstations and printing services to help better connect veterans with the services and benefits they are seeking.

"Anything they need they now know they can come to the historic Amtrak station and they will be helped by dedicated and well-trained staff of Leon County Commission as well as Workforce Plus," said Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi.

The ability to log-on to the internet and connect to employment and education opportunities could be a big factor.

"A lot of people don't know where to go or don't have time to go to a library, don't have printers, computers of their own. This will be a good place to get help," said Naval veteran Tina Owens.

Owens' aunt connected her to a counselor with Veterans Resources and she is now attending school at Tallahssee Community College.

"I'm happy that she has an outlet to come to. You know, going into the civillian world is kind of stressful when you're coming out from the military because the military is totally different," said Doris Parker, Tina Owen's aunt.
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Tallahassee, Florida- July 11, 2012

Leon County hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday 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.

“When I initially brought this idea to the Commission, the concept was to establish a center that focused on veterans’ services and benefits providing a one-stop shop for the men and women who have served our country,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi. “I’m proud that we have turned that idea into a reality.”

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.

“We consider our service to our veterans to be a core function of Leon County,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Through the new Veterans Resource Center, returning veterans won’t have to search throughout Leon County for career and educational resources.

They now have a home to access many resources in one location.”
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 .


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