There's a new place in Knox County for veterans to get the assistance they need.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett cut the ribbon on the new Veterans Service office this morning. He was joined by Mayor Madeline Rogero, Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., Tennessee Assistant Veteran Affairs Commissioner Donald Smith, Knox County Commissioners and others.
"This new office space will provide more privacy, access and security for those veterans who use this facility," Mayor Burchett said. "Knox County wants to give back to our deserving veterans, because they have given so much to us. That includes operating an accessible facility where veterans can get help with their benefits."
The new office is located at 1000 N. Central, next to the previous office, but it offers amenities the old location didn't, like automatic doors and enclosed offices that allow privacy for veterans who have to discuss personal issues.
Mayor Burchett also announced that the POW/MIA flag will be flown daily at all Knox County executive branch facilities. The first of those flags was raised during a ceremony conducted by Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter 3.
"The POW/MIA flag promises our POWs and MIAs that 'You Are Not Forgotten,' and that is a promise Knox County intends to keep," Mayor Burchett said.
For more information about the Knox County Veterans Service office, including a schedule of outreach opportunities held around the county, visit http://www.knoxcounty.org/veterans or call 215-5645.