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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Free veterans cookout planned; county services office relocating

A salute to veterans and the relocation of a veterans’ assistance office are among the activities surrounding Veterans Day, which is Saturday, Nov. 11.

To honor their service and sacrifice, a free Veterans Day Cookout for veterans, families, and friends is planned from 11:30am-1:30pm Friday, Nov. 10, at Mote-Morris House, 1195 W. Magnolia St., downtown Leesburg.

The event is sponsored by Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory in Leesburg.

Later this month, the Lake County Veterans’ Services Office will move to 418 W. Alfred St., Suite C, in Tavares from its current office at the County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.

During the transition, the office will be closed for the week of Nov. 20, a news release states. The office will reopen in its new location at 8am Monday, Nov. 27, with regular business hours of 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Veterans in need of assistance will be seen by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 352.742.6585.

The Veterans’ Services Office provides assistance with Department of Veteran Affairs disability claim applications, secures monetary benefits, and conducts outreach at clinics in Tavares, Leesburg, and Clermont. Services include offering information relating to benefits for any discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents.

The office was organized in 1945 and is an advocate for the veterans of the state of Florida, the release states. The office has the single purpose of serving more than 30,000 veterans and/or their dependents at no cost with no discrimination. The office advocates for the veteran and/or dependent for claims processing and other benefits. The office staff coordinates with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal and state agencies on benefit entitlements in order to meet the needs of each individual veteran and/or dependent. All information conveyed is privileged and held in strict confidence.