Media Release

Veteran Services Weekly Sessions

Friday, May 8, 2015 3:45 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Alachua County Division of Veteran Service wants veterans and their families to be aware of the weekly sessions available to serve their needs.

The following three sessions are available:

1. Pension Session – Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m.
This session explains and assists with the claims process to file for pension benefits.   This tax-free benefit is available to eligible veterans and their spouses or widows if they served one day during a war. Pension eligibility requirements include:

  • Veterans must have served at least 90 days of active duty service
  • Veterans must be over 65 or medically qualified
  • There are some financial eligibility requirements

2. Compensation Session – Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m.
This session educates veterans on the development of compensation claims.  This is also a tax-free benefit paid to veterans with disabilities that are a result of disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. 

3. General Information Session – Thursdays at 10:45 a.m.
This session covers the many benefits that veterans and their dependents may qualify for.

“The goal of the Office of Veteran Services is to assist veterans and their dependents in securing all entitled benefits earned through honorable military service,” stated Kim Smith, Alachua County Veteran Service Director. “The Alachua County Veteran Services Division has knowledgeable staff whose military service and veteran benefits training, allows for the professional advocacy needed to successfully navigate the complex system of veteran's benefits.”

Registration for sessions is required. To register or set up an individual appointment, call Veterans Services at 352-264-6740.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).