Event designed to assist veterans

Staff from the offices of Congressman Jody Hice (Ga-10) and U.S. Sen. David Perdue will be in Louisville Saturday, Nov. 18, for a program, Helping Our Heroes.

The program is a veterans’ appreciation even at the Jefferson County Leisure Center. There will be a continental breakfast and turkey giveaway as well as information available to the veterans on filing claims, veteran housing, benefits suicide prevention, support for those with disabilities, employment and more.

“Our veterans deserve the utmost respect for protecting our freedom. Although one event is not enough to express our debt of gratitude, I hope that on Nov. 18th our local heroes will know how grateful we are for their service and that we always will hold them in the highest regard,” Hice stated.

“Our country’s responsibility to our veterans does not end when we welcome them home from the front lines,” Perdue said.

“These women and men have made great sacrifices to serve our nation. Our team gladly stands by to serve Georgia’s veterans. As the home of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bases, Georgia has had a long and proud military tradition. While there is no way to repay our debt to our veterans, I hope this event will begin to show our deep appreciation,” Perdue continued.

The Leisure Center is located at 209 E 7th St. in Louisville. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.

In a press release, Jessica Hayes said several area veterans groups will participate, including the American Legion Department of Georgia, Augusta Warrior Project, Jefferson Hospital and Jefferson County Vets in Action. Hayes is Hice’s deputy chief of staff.

“While we’re still working on Congressman Hice’s schedule, Sen. Perdue will not be able to attend,” she said in an email.

“You may be confident that Congressman Hice is working to promote and support the well-being and prosperity of our veterans. He has proudly supported several new laws that benefit America’s veterans, including S. 1094, which makes it easier to remove, demote, or fire a VA employee for poor performances; H.R. 3218, which expands veterans’ access to workforce training and education opportunities by improving GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill offerings; and, H.R. 2288, which creates a new VA appeals process to replace the current broken system that left almost 500,000 veterans in limbo.

“Additionally, Congress unanimously passed the Clay Hunt SAV Act (P.L. 114-2), which was signed into law on Feb. 12, 2015. This act increased resources for veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention programs and established a community outreach pilot program for veterans transitioning from active duty,” Hayes states.

“Veterans represent the very best that our country has to offer;” Hice said, “and, while we can never do enough to honor the service of our veterans, we must do our best to provide them with the support and opportunities for success at home after they return from service.”

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw said this week it’s important to come together and show support for the veterans in our community.

“Whether you’ve been a veteran or not, thank these people for their service. So many times we take our freedoms for granted,” McGraw said, adding our freedoms are gained from the service of the military.

“I would just like to call out to all the officials in the county, the cities to come and show your support,” he said. “Someone told me there might be 25 or 30 veterans there. I wish it would be standing room only. (Let’s) come together as a community. Just take a few moments to come by, come by and show your face. Let’s show our respect. You don’t have to be an official. You don’t have to be a veteran. Just come and show your appreciation,” McGraw said.