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Veterans Services office opens at Pentagon; state program reaches vet hiring goal

FILE - In this March 27, 2008 file photo, the Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington. Virginia is home to the fourth largest military and veteran population in the nation, many of whom work at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON — The Virginia Department of Veterans Services opened its newest location inside the Pentagon Tuesday.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe cut the ribbon at the office’s official opening.

It is the 30th office location for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services  in the state.

McAuliffe also announced that the state’s Virginia Values Veterans program has reached its goal of finding jobs for more than 30,000 veterans in the civilian workforce since its inception five years ago.

Virginia is home to the fourth largest military and veteran population in the nation, many of whom work at the Pentagon. The role of the new office role is to assist them in receiving the federal and state benefits they have earned.

Military personnel can meet one-on-one with Veterans Services representatives to help identify and apply for benefits.

“Opening this new office here inside the Pentagon is another concrete example of Virginia’s commitment to serving our veterans and their families in the Northern Virginia region and throughout the state to make it easier for them to successfully transition from the military to being a veteran,” said VDVS Commissioner John Newby II.

VDVS services include connecting military personnel and family members with services that include behavioral health care, housing, employment, education and other programs.

It also operates the Virginia War Memorial.


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