‘Veterans supermarket’ in Athens helps connect former military to services




Jessie Adams was on his way to Georgia Square mall on Wednesday morning when he saw a sign advertising something called a “supermarket of veterans benefits” at The Classic Center in downtown Athens.

So the retired Army Reserve officer changed his plans for the morning and walked into a massive ballroom in the downtown convention space, where dozens of representatives of dozens of service-related groups and government agencies, and other organizations interested in assisting military veterans, were gathered to provide guidance and help to northeast Georgians who had served their country.

The groups were brought together in Athens by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, which assists veterans in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled.

Adams, who retired from service as a major, and whose reserve duties once included commanding the Army Reserve postal unit based in Athens, found himself talking Wednesday with Cory Thornton, a veterans’ representative from the Georgia Department of Labor’s career center in Athens.

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