Georgia Department of Veterans' Services

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What Is Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS)?

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Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS) exists to service the Veterans of Georgia and their families.  The Department offers a wide range of superb service and programs, including excellent Veteran’s benefits assistance; devoted claims and appeals support, skilled nursing home care; compassionate cemetery committal services; and rewarding Veterans’ education, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship training program management. GDVS has an e-book that provides an overview of state benefits available to Georgia’s veterans that can be accessed by clicking the "Link To GDVS E-Book" below.

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State Veterans Benefit Field Offices

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State Veterans Benefits Field Offices:  The GDVS has a dedicated staff of trained experts who are eager to assist veterans with their Federal and state veterans’ benefits claims and entitlements.  They will represent the veterans’ interests throughout the claims process, from state to finish, and help them get everything to which they are entitled from the VA or the state.  Veterans are invited and encouraged to visit the Claims & Appeals Division or one of the 48 Veterans Field Service Offices. The full list of Field Service Office locations can be accessed by clicking the "Link To GDVS Field Service Offices Near You" below.

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Local (Metro-Atlanta) Veterans Field Offices

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Veterans Field Service Office (Cobb County)

1150 Powder Springs Street, Suite 350

Marietta, GA 30064

Joseph Cummings, Veterans Service Field Officer

Joseph.cummings@vs.state.ga.us

Phone: (770) 528-3254

Fax: (770) 528-3278

Veterans Field Service Office (DeKalb County)

250 N. Arcadia Avenue

Decatur, GA 30030

Kelvin Burford, Office Manager

Kelvin.burford@va.gov

Phone: (404) 321-6111, ext., 1203749

Veterans Field Service Office (Clayton, Fayette, Fulton & Henry Counties)

1701 Hardee Avenue, S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30310

Herbert Ward, Office Manager

Herbert.ward1@va.gov 

Phone: (404) 230-5683

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Georgia State Memorial Veteran Cemeteries

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Georgia Department of Veterans Service - Requirements for Burial: To be eligible for burial in the cemetery, a Veteran must have military service under the rules established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Proper paperwork is required to determine eligibility. The veteran’s name; rank; serial, social security and VA claim numbers; date of birth and date of death must be provided to cemetery personnel. A copy of the veteran’s DD Form 214 or other proof of service is required. A copy of the marriage certificate is required for the spouse to be buried with the veteran. To learn more about Georgia Department of Veterans Service - Requirements for Burial, click on the link below:

Georgia State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: For information, click on the link below:

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Georgia War Veterans Home

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Georgia War Veterans Home - Milledgeville: For information, click on the link below:

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Georgia Special Veteran License Plate 

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How to Request Manufacture of a Georgia Special Veteran License Plate (MV-9W): For Information, click on the link below:

State of Georgia Military Veteran License Plates

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Claims & Appeals Division

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Claims & Appeals Division:  The Claims & Appeals Division is co-located with the VA at the Atlanta VA Regional Office in Decatur.  The Veterans’ claims & Appeals Officers on the state staff interface directly with the Federal VA employees who adjudicate veterans’ claims.  They will also advise and represent veterans with any VA appeal they might wish to pursue.  For more information, contact: Georgia Department of Veterans Service Claims & Appeals Division, 1700 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033, phone: (404) 929-5345.

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Parking for Disabled Veterans

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Parking for Disabled Veterans:  If a Disabled Veterans License Plate is properly displayed, the Veteran is authorized to park in parking areas designated for persons with disabilities. (No additional parking permit is required.)

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Motor Fuel Service for Disabled Veterans

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Motor Fuel Service for Disabled Veterans:  When a gasoline station offers both full-service and self-service, a station employee shall, upon request, provide full-service at the self-service price to a disabled veteran, provided: (1) the disabled veteran is driving a vehicle bearing Disabled Veterans License Plate, and (2) the disabled veteran is not accompanied by a person capable of pumping fuel (16 years or older and not disabled).

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