Veteran’s Resource Center Gwinnett
By Beth Volpert
The Gwinnett County Veterans Resource Center is growing along with the need for services at a rate that mirrors the national need for information and community based veterans’ resources including quality support for veteran families.
Targeted focus identifying the unique needs of our heroes has kept pace with the number of veterans and family members making requests of recently appointed GC Veterans Resource Center Director, Jeri Diehl. The initiative began as a result of Diehl’s becoming the Charter Commander of the Gwinnett County Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary in 2011.. “Several years ago my husband, Bob, USMC Vietnam Combat Veteran, needed information concerning veteran benefits and resources. There was nothing easily found that was community based. It was DAV Chapter Commander, Danny Pagan, who initially recruited Diehl to Charter the DAV Auxiliary for Chapter 90 beginning the series of events that eventually led to her newest position as Director of the GC Veterans Resource Center. “She is stepping up to the plate,” says Pagan. “As a country, we are losing patriotism; Jeri understands what veterans are about.”
“We are especially grateful to the Gwinnett Coalition for providing AmeriCorps VISTA, Ebonie Brown, serving from April 2014 thru March 2015, to help develop programs & structure within the project scope.”says Diehl. Serving as both GC Veterans Resource Center Director and DAV Auxiliary Commander, Diehl would like to make certain that the public understands that DAV Auxiliary membership is open to all veteran family and friends. Membership in the DAV or Auxiliary is not required to volunteer at the GC Veterans Resource Center.
Currently operating under the umbrella of the Gwinnett Coalition, the GC Veterans Resource Center is positioning to become a separate non-profit. “In the meantime, we will continue to build our range of services. The unique needs of veterans and their families present themselves each day” says Diehl. “We are responding by seeking volunteers who can fill those specific needs.”
Veterans, veteran family members needing veteran specific information and those willing to volunteer with the Gwinnett County Veterans’ Resource Center are encouraged to email: firstname.lastname@example.org call 770-828-8652.