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Jul 08


Posted to Community Services News on July 8, 2022 at 3:43 PM by Jessica Harris

Office of Community Engagement and Outreach


That’s a word that has a special meaning for the Shelby County Veterans Services Office (SCVSO). Every day of the year, the SCVSO honors our veterans by providing “service to those who served us.”  We aim to provide compassionate, efficient, and prompt assistance in helping veterans get VA benefits, which helps to provide financial stability for veterans and their families. Veterans, Day, however, is set aside for us to show our appreciation on a wider scale.  Every November, we honor veterans  with a series of special events, and this year was no different.    
On Veterans Day, Shelby County Government and the City of Memphis sponsored the 19th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon at the University of Memphis Ballroom.  The 400+ guests were welcomed by Mayors Harris and Strickland and enjoyed a rousing keynote address by Force Master Chief Chris Detje. Veterans got an opportunity to express their pride during the “Service Branch” recognition portion of the program, and recognized the ultimate service of those who gave their lives, during the rendition of TAPS.  
In addition, for SCG employees who served in the military, we hosted the 4th Annual Shelby County Government Employee Military Appreciation Breakfast. Guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast of chicken and waffles at Mahogany Restaurant as they listened to an inspiring message from Mayor Harris. Each veteran received a gift from the county as a token of our appreciation for their service to our country and our county. 
Veterans Services Officer Mike Ellis was honored to deliver the keynote address for the Veterans Appreciation Event on the campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College, sponsored by the Veterans and Military Student Services at the University of Memphis. University President Dr. David Rudd was the guest speaker.  
This year, we awarded the inaugural SCG Employee Military Veteran of the Year Award.  The winner, Johnny Toy, received the award for exemplary service to the Shelby County Community in the following areas: civic and community services, business or professional service accomplishments, charitable or religious service, and education or school service. Mr. Toy received a beautiful award, and the use of a Fedex Forum box suite at a Grizzlies Game. 
Jun 03

Caring for our Veterans

Posted to Community Services News on June 3, 2022 at 11:23 AM by Jessica Harris

Veteran Services 

The Veterans Administration (VA) has established a special monthly pension for Veterans, or their spouse, in need of care as they age. This program is called Aid and Attendance and it provides care for those requiring assistance with daily activities of life like bathing, dressing, eating, maintaining mobility and addressing their bathroom needs. With not every Veteran requiring the same needs as they age, Aid and Attendance can be requested if the Veteran is in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or if they are home bound. This benefit is the VA’s way of providing long term care for Veterans and their spouses. The age requirement is 65 unless the Veteran or spouse is permanently and totally disabled without misconduct by the applicant. This benefit has assisted many individuals that might not have been assisted to this extent without the Veteran’s service to our country. 

If you want to learn more about this program or connect with your Veterans Services Officer, please call 901-222-4237 


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Dec 23

Free Dental Services for Veterans

Posted to Community Services News on December 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM by Janet Lo

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Free Dental Services for Vets
The Veterans Services Officer Dr. Michael Ellis is always seeking resources to assist Veterans.  He recently helped to establish a partnership between the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry and Alpha Omega Veterans Services along with Dr. Russell from the University of Tennesee's College of Dentistry. The VSO set up a meeting with both parties.  Now, Veterans who are enrolled in a program at Alpha Omega Veterans Services are currently being transported weekly from Alpha Omega to U.T. College of Dentistry to receive free weekly dental services (Examinations, Cleanings, and Treatment Plans). 

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