New Kent Co. Veterans Services location opens Friday

The open house for the new Kent County Veterans Services facility on Fuller Avenue NE in Grand Rapids. (March 26, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Kent County is preparing to open a new Veterans Services office in Grand Rapids.

The new location is at 836 Fuller Avenue NE, just north of I-196 in Grand Rapids.

Officials say the new facility is bigger, has more parking, and is more easily accessible via public transportation. It will start providing services on Friday, March 27.

“My whole team– we’re all veterans and we’re all disabled veterans, actually — we’re very familiar with the process that it takes to get our federal benefits, so we are here to navigate and help our fellow veterans get their benefits as well,” said Carrie Roy, the manager of Kent County Veterans Services.

The cost to renovate the facility was around $90,000, according to a Kent County Veterans Services news release. The money came from the county’s Capital Improvement Program.

Kent County voters approved a millage in November that provided an additional $1 million to veterans services, but a county spokesperson said that millage did not fund any of the renovations. Instead, it will fund the salaries for increased staffing.

Since the department’s creation in 2009, it has helped secure $15.5 million for local disabled veterans.

 

 

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