Thursday, April 29, 2010

Former State Rep. Kenneth W. Birdsong (D-Gordon) to lead State Veterans Board

Kenneth W. Birdsong, a World War II and Korean War veteran, was elected chairman of the Georgia State Veterans Service Board. He will lead the seven-member board, which overseas the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, until at least April 2011.

Birdsong was a longtime Georgia state legislator, representing Bibb, Jones, Twiggs, and Wilkinson counties.

He will represent a large group of veterans who use a lot of benefits, if last year was any indication.

A news release from the Georgia Department of Veterans Service last week announced that Georgia veterans used $3.12 billion in benefits in 2009.

According to the Veterans Administration, the state of Georgia has 772,832 veterans

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