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Gwinnett Tech starts office for veterans

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College has established an Office of Veterans Affairs to provide comprehensive advisement to veterans, servicemen and dependents using veterans benefits to pursue a college education, officials announced.

Gwinnett Tech is the first technical college in the state to launch a formalized outreach to veterans.

The Office of Veterans Affairs is designed to assist U.S. military veterans, guardsmen, reservists, spouses and dependents with claiming GI Bill education benefits, applying for college and financial aid, choosing a degree program, and securing a subsequent career, according to a news release.

"This will be a wonderful resource for veterans, reservists and their families ready to start their college education who need support in maximizing the benefits they've earned through their service," said Lorri Chin-Shue, Gwinnett Tech's Veterans Affairs adviser.

This specialized programming is supported by a donation from the D. Scott Hudgens Jr. family. The Hudgens family has also established the D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Veterans Scholarship Fund at Gwinnett Tech to provide tuition scholarships to eligible and deserving veterans.

For more information on the Office of Veterans Affairs, the Hudgens Veterans Scholarship Fund, and additional educational resources for veterans, call 678-226-6343 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/veterans.