One-stop shopping for veterans benefits

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 5:20 PM CDT
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Area veterans got the chance to get any needed assistance in one place Friday.

When we think of a supermarket, we normally think of food well this one is a little different.

Navy Veteran Marvin Alexander said, “Instead of getting food you're getting knowledge. Not only individually but I can tell all our comrades and everybody else what they're missing."

Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs representatives travel around the state, holding these supermarkets to help those who have served our country.

Commissioner of Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs Clyde Marsh said, "I hear a lot from veterans that they didn't know there was a state department and they didn't know that there was a county office in their county or city that could assist them."

Often times after veterans retire they are not aware of benefits they qualify for.

Army Vet Theodore Merriett came to the supermarket to get information about the possible assistance he qualifies for.

"My family will be taken care of this is why I’m here just trying to get some aid"

While some came for aid others just wanted to learn ways they could save money.

Army Vet Linda Turner said,"Alabama has a state veteran retirement program for people who need nursing care and that I’m eligible for that and I’ve been paying long-term care for about five years now and paying a hundred dollars a month and I really didn't need to."

The event was free, and the Salvation Army offered free food and drinks to those who attended.

They say they just wanted to give back a small portion because veterans have risked so much for us.