Albany Civil Rights Institute intern connects veterans to resources
Roslayn S. Coney, Intern
Soloman Sanders, Army Veteran
Beatrice Williams, Veterans Representative for Georgia Department of Labor
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Albany Civil Rights Institute helps connect veterans with the resources they need. Thursday night’s monthly community night at the institute focused on veterans one day after Veterans Day.
An intern at the Civil Rights Institute, through Albany State's Master's Public Administration Program put on tonight's event hoping that veterans and their families will have better access to health benefits and jobs.
“Resources are always given, information,” said Rosalyn S. Coney, Intern. It's called community service, service of information."
Veterans and military families were the guests of honor at the Albany Civil Rights Institute. Intern Rosalyn Coney says the way our country treats those who fought for our country is a growing concern for many.
"Some are feeling as though they are not reaping the benefits that their supposed too, that they are entitled to, some feel that the government has not done due justice,” said Coney.
She's helping veterans get answers and learn about resources available to them from representatives with the Department of Veteran's Affairs and the Department of Labor.
"Believe it or not even in 2015 there are some veterans still don't know where to go to retrieve information,” said Coney.
Representatives with the Albany Georgia Department of Veterans Services provided information on how to file claims for life insurance, healthcare and pensions. Army Veteran, Soloman Sanders, is one of many veterans who attended the event.
"When you serve your country there are certain things that you have within you that you expect back from your country,” said Soloman Sanders, Army Veteran.
The Veterans Representative for the Georgia Department of Labor says her job is to help identify a Veteran's skill set for longterm employment and to provide training.
"You come first and we are there to help you at any time and place,” said Beatrice Williams, Veterans Representative for Georgia Department of Labor. “Just come in it’s a veteran friendly office."
Sanders is encouraging all veterans to continue fighting for their benefits.
"I know sometimes it gets hard when we're trying to obtain the things that were promised to us, but don't give up,” said Sanders.
The Albany Civil Rights Institute is offering free admission to the museum for Active military and veterans throughout November. They need to bring I-D. Their guest also get in for half price.
You can contact the Georgia department of Labor by clicking here.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Services is located at 1303 W. Broad Avenue and can be contacted at 229-430-1797.