Knox County opens new veterans service office

Knox County opens new veterans service office

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"This new office space will provide more privacy, access and security for those veterans who use this facility," Mayor Tim Burchett said. "This new office space will provide more privacy, access and security for those veterans who use this facility," Mayor Tim Burchett said.
The POW/MIA flag will be flown daily at all Knox County executive branch facilities. The POW/MIA flag will be flown daily at all Knox County executive branch facilities.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and other officials cut the ribbon on a new veterans service office in Knox County Monday morning.

The ribbon-cutting event was held at the Knox Central Building, just across the street from where the previous facility was located.

Tennessee Assistant Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Donald Smith, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., also attended, as did members from the Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter 3.

"This new office space will provide more privacy, access and security for those veterans who use this facility," Mayor Burchett said. "Knox County wants to give back to our deserving veterans, because they have given so much to us. That includes operating an accessible facility where veterans can get help with their benefits."

In addition to cutting the ribbon on the new Veterans Service office, Mayor Burchett also announced that the POW/MIA flag will be flown daily at all Knox County executive branch facilities.

The first of those flags was raised during a ceremony conducted by Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter 3.

"The POW/MIA flag promises our POWs and MIAs that ‘You Are Not Forgotten,' and that is a promise Knox County intends to keep," Mayor Burchett said.

The veterans service office assists veterans and their families in filing for benefits such as service-connected disability compensation, burial benefits, GI Bill applications, VA insurance programs and others.

More information about the Knox County Veterans Service office, including a schedule of outreach opportunities held around the county, is available on the Knox County website or by calling (865) 215-5645.

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