Veterans Service Office to close temporarily

Veterans should be aware that the Lake County Veterans Service Office will be closed Monday through Thursday for staff training and recertification. The office at 315 W. Main St., Suite 525, Tavares, will reopen at 8am Friday, May 12.

Regular office hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Walk-ins are accepted, however, appointments are recommended to avoid longer wait times. For more information, call 352.742.6585.

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

The Lake County Veterans Service Office was organized in 1945 and is an advocate for the veterans of the state of Florida. The office has a single purpose: service to the more than 30,000 veterans and/or dependents at no cost, with no discrimination. The office serves as an advocate for claims processing and other benefits to which they may be entitled. 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. All information conveyed is privileged and held in strict confidence.

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