Commissioner Pete Wheeler passes away after 66 years of service to the State

Pete Wheeler, Commissioner

Commissioner Pete Wheeler, 1922-2015

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service regrets to announce the passing of Commissioner Pete Wheeler.

Commissioner Wheeler joined the GDVS in 1949 and led the agency since 1954. With 66 years of service, he was the longest-tenured employee in Georgia state government.

Other details will be announced later today on

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Student Loan Relief and Assistance in 4 Easy Steps

grad capIn addition to the State’s 529 savings plan, which helps with saving for your child’s education, there are also some programs available for State Employees who, themselves, are looking for some financial assistance.

As a full-time State of Georgia employee, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers. It is a quick and easy process, so get started by clicking the link below.

Step 1: Click the link above and read about the program. The screen received should look like the image to the right.student loan steps

Step 2: Download and Print the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Employment Certification Form.  As the employee and borrower, complete Sections 1 and 2.

Step 3: Request that your Human Resources Department representative complete Sections 3 and 4 and return the form back to you.

Step 4: Make a copy for your records and mail or fax the PSLF Certification Form. The address and fax number are located in Section 7.

Questions: Call 855-265-4038

February 16-20 is Georgia Small Business Week

Ga Small Biz WeekGovernor Nathan Deal has proclaimed the third week in February 2015 (February 16-20, 2015) as Georgia Small Business Week.

Kicking off the week was the Small Business ROCK STARS awards luncheon jointly hosted by the Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).

Many other small business support activities will take place throughout the state and will be posted here.