State Representative Barbara Massey Reece and Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters have announced a new Veterans Service Office for Summerville.  The office is expected to be open within 4-6 weeks.

A meeting to discuss the volunteer staffing model is planned for Monday, March 7, 2011 at the Chattooga County Civic Center at 10 AM.  Commissioner Winters is seeking approximately 20 to 30 volunteer veterans that may have had experience with the benefit process to volunteer up to 3 hours a day twice a month to help staff the new center.

Chattooga County has approximately 2,400 veterans.  Last year the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. distributed more than $4 million in veterans benefits in Chattooga County.