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In-person visits to pause as county’s veterans services relocates

Veterans Services offices will be relocating to its Health and Human Services Annex. (Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Come October, NHC’s Veterans Services offices will relocate to the Health and Human Services Annex, formerly the county’s PanOps Center during the Covid-19 pandemic.

ALSO: Health officials exploring ideas for PanOps Center’s future

The last day to receive assistance in person at the HHS building will be Oct. 5, according to a release from the county. Starting Oct. 6, the department will transition from 1650 Greenfield St., across the way to the 1507 Greenfield address.

Online and virtual assistance will be maintained during this time and in-person visits will resume on Oct. 9.

The department helps access benefits for veterans and families with through the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies.

“We are very excited to be transitioning to a new but familiar location just across the street to continue helping veterans in our community get connected with the services they need and deserve,” Veteran Services Officer Betsy Graham said in a press release.   

The annex served as the county’s Pandemic Operations Center before vaccines and take-home tests were moved to the HHS building. The county entered a three-year contract in December 2021, mandating it pay $99,996 per year with an annual 5% escalator. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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