Ellis County Veterans Services has announced it will open an office in the city of Italy.

Office hours for the location, 105 W. Main St., will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning June 20.

“We want to be available to the veterans throughout the county,” veterans services officer James Wilhoite said. “We think this is going to be helpful to the veterans in that area.”

The office is part of the Texas Veterans Commission and assists veterans and widows of veterans in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled as a result of their military service.

Wilhoite and assistant veterans services officer Charles Kelker participate in regular training programs through the Texas Veterans Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to provide comprehensive benefit counseling.

“Every veteran with an honorable discharge is eligible for some type of benefit,” Wilhoite said.

Programs for veterans include:

VA hospital/medical care Pensions and other financial compensation programs Orphan and Dependent Children’s Program Military Contact Program (assistance for servicemen awaiting separation because of disabilities incurred in service) Survivor Benefits Contact Program State Hospital Assistance and Transfer Program Department of Corrections Inmate Assistance Program

“We’re proud of the work that Mr. Wilhoite does,” County Judge Chad Adams said. “He really has a heart for helping Ellis County’s veterans and it shows.”

Other veterans services offices are located in the Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie, with office hours from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 116 W. Ennis Ave. in Ennis, with office hours from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The service officers can be reached by telephone at (972) 825-5099 or (972) 875-4531.