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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

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Nov 21

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 4:16 PM by Janet Lo

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Honoring Our Veterans

The Shelby County Veterans Services Office partnered with other Veterans organizations to provide information and resources at events throughout this month honoring our Veterans and their families.

The month-long Veterans celebrations began with the 17th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon held at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. Sponsored by the County (Mayor Lee Harris) and City (Mayor Jim Strickland), the luncheon hosted over 600 Veterans and their family members. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings gave a stirring keynote address and the event was highlighted with Mayor Harris making a special presentation to retired SCG Veterans Services Officer Joseph Kyles. 

Shelby County Mayor Harris and the Veterans Services Office honored the Military Veterans who work at the County by inviting each employee to a breakfast held at Graceland in their honor. During the breakfast, Mayor Harris presented each Veteran with a special gift and certificate.

On Veterans Day, the County's Veterans Services Officer, Dr. Michael Ellis, participated in several Veterans events. His day started with Memphis expressing its appreciation to Veterans with the Annual Memphis Veterans Day Parade where Dr. Ellis served as part of the parade’s pass and review stand. 

But beyond celebrations, we want Veterans to know that we are actively trying to serve their needs as well by providing information about the services we provide. To that end, the Veterans Services Office will hold a Veterans Resource Seminar for county staff. Alpha Omega and West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery are two resources who will participate in this event and provide useful information for the Veterans to utilize.

Contact your Shelby County Veterans Service Office at 901-222-4237, located in 1060 Madison Ave. (Memphis) and 7930 Nelson Street (Millington). 

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