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VetCorps Resource Center open in Jonesboro

JONESBORO — The VetCorps Resource Center is open for business to serve the veterans and military families of Clayton County.

Genesis Prevention Coalition Inc. hosted the April 24 grand opening of the center, inside Greater St. Peter A.M.E Church at 9540 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro.

More than 101,000 military men and women returning from war live in metro Atlanta with their children and others who depend upon them, according to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. The Department of Defense estimates roughly 5,920 veterans will return to Clayton County from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Officials with the coalition said re-entry support into civilian life for both military men and women is not easy. They point out that veterans face an array of challenges from housing to high unemployment, from mental health to substance abuse, as well as deal with legal and physical health issues.

The coalition is supported by a national collaboration between the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the National Guard Bureau and the Corporation for National and Community Services. Together the groups endeavored upon the VetCorps Project to address the special needs of veterans.

The project has been manifested in Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties where there is a network of providers that will give veterans access to needed housing, employment and mental health services.

The effort to bring the coalition to Clayton was spear-headed by state Sen. Gail Davenport (District 44) nine months ago with major in-kind contributions from 39 service organizations including Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Department of Labor.

Industries in public health, mental health, social services were also involved along with faith-based groups, substance abuse prevention organizations, housing programs, education associations and military and retired veteran groups.

The center provides various services through the industries and helps with vocational counseling, job search training, resume preparation and networking.

Free bus service to the center is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pick-ups are 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., from Tara Shopping Center at Tara Boulevard and Upper Riverdale Road.

For more information call 678-610-2977 or visit www.vetcorps-atlanta.net.