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Opelika ‘Supermarket’ Aim is Helping Veterans

It’s fitting that this Friday’s “Supermarket of Veterans Benefits” will be held in May.

May is National Military Appreciation Month and organizers say one goal of the event, which will be held in Opelika, is to thank veterans and their spouses for their service and sacrifice. Friday’s activities will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Event Center Downtown, located at 614 N. Railroad Ave.

One goal during the day is helping attendees learn about the services and programs they can receive from state, federal and even non-governmental agencies.

“This is a huge deal for veterans and their families,” said Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard and an Opelika resident. “We’re hoping for a large turnout. Many veterans are not aware of the benefits and agencies available.”

According to event organizers, at least 40 groups will be on hand to assist veterans and their spouses. Smith said those interested in finding a job, returning to school or learning more about medical benefits are encouraged to attend.

Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, said the state’s Veterans Affairs office will be joined by the Alabama Department of Labor and Career Centers, VA Medical Center and vocational rehabilitation and employment officials along with representatives from the Social Security Administration, United Way, American Red Cross, Small Business Administration and other organizations.

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