Clayton planning veterans symposium to show the county’s support

Clayton County is planning its a symposium in January to connect veterans with members of the south metro Atlanta community.

“Vet Connect: Connecting Clayton County Veterans,” which leaders hope will be an annual event, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at the South Clayton recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Raod in Hampton.

The event will include breakout sessions, door prizes and a  town hall discussion moderated by Angela M. Odom, a retired colonel, and Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford. Mike Roby, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, will give the keynote address.

“The purpose of Vet Connect is to show veterans that the county appreciates their sacrifices, hears their concerns and is taking an active approach to meet their needs,” Clayton County Senior Services Director Tori Strawter-Tanks said.

“It is our hope that Vet Connect will get bigger and better each year and become a staple program in the county, as it is our plan to move it to each city within the county every year,” Tanks said.