The Armed Services veterans living in Floyd and Gordon counties have a huge impact on something else: The economy of Northwest Georgia.
In his annual report for the Rome Field Office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, office manager Barry Hunter shares some big numbers as of the end of fiscal year 2021 (June 30).
Statewide, nearly 700,000 veterans earned $4.2 billion in compensation and benefits. On a community level:
- Floyd County: 5,466 veterans received $27.4 million in compensation and pension with total expenditures of $43.5 million.
- Gordon County: 3,211 veterans received $16.2 millon with total expenditures at $24.1 million
Total expenditures includes: Compensation and Pensions; construction; Education & Vocational Rehabilitation/Employment; General Operating Expenses; Insurance and Indemnities; and Medical Care.
Says Hunter: Our mission is to serve Georgia veterans, their dependents and survivors in all matters pertaining to veterans’ benefits. The Rome Field Office is at 201 Calhoun Ave., and is responsible for the counties of Floyd, Gordon and Haralson. Many of our clients encounter numerous and complex problems relating to veterans benefits. A large part of our time is spent counseling and assisting them in resolving their problems.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service provides free representation and advice to beneficiaries regarding all state and federal veterans’ benefits.