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Collins Hosts Veterans Benefits Fair

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) is hosting a benefits fair for veterans residing in Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District on January 24. United States military veterans are invited to attend the event at the University of North Georgia, where they can ask questions and meet caseworkers from Collins’s office.

Representatives from the Atlanta Regional Veterans Affairs Office, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Georgia National Cemetery, Georgia Department of Veterans Service, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, and Hire Heroes USA will also participate in the event. 

Additional details are available below. 

9th District Veterans Benefits Fair on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Northeast Georgia Students Accepted to West Point and Naval Academy Prep School

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) congratulates two northeast Georgia students who have been admitted to the United States Military Academy and to the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.

“Emmi Schakat and Jack Haller have made their dedication to service clear, and I’m proud of their commitment to protecting our nation. These students have excelled across the board, and I look forward to seeing their careers unfold at West Point and the Naval Academy Preparatory School,” said Collins.

Emmi Schakat, daughter of Mr. William and Mrs. Mary Schakat, will attend the U.S. Military Academy in the fall. A top student in her class, Emmi hopes to be a soldier and humanitarian. She has excelled in academics and athletics at Union County High School, and is a member of its soccer, cross country, and basketball teams as well as BETA Club and Future Farmers of America.

Jack Haller, son of Mr. Richard and Mrs. Julie Haller, has been admitted to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Rhode Island. Jack attends West Forsyth High School and follows his family’s example of military service. His mother and father are graduates of the United States Air Force Academy. Jack has siblings who have graduated from the Naval Academy, where his sister Cassie is currently a Midshipman. He is also Georgia’s 2017 pole vaulting state champion.

Football Fans Heading to Georgia Reminded to Not Mix Alcohol and Driving

(Atlanta) – If college football fans think a ticket to Monday’s College Football Playoff national championship game is expensive, they won’t believe what it will cost if they are arrested for a DUI.

A person charged with DUI in Georgia could pay more than $10,000 in fines, court costs, legal bills, higher insurance premiums and towing and impound fees.

Law enforcement officers in the state will maintain their year-round zero-tolerance policy during the championship game weekend by taking all impaired drivers they find on the road to jail.

The Georgia State Patrol, local law enforcement officers and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety urge fans attending the game or watching at restaurants, sports bars, and private parties to plan now for a sober ride if they are going to drink alcohol.

“We know alcohol is big part of tailgating in football, and that is understandable, but do so responsibly,” Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough said.  “Plan ahead for a ride with a designated driver or ride service and keep the celebration out from behind the wheel of the car.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol is a factor in one out of every four traffic deaths in Georgia.  There were 368 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Georgia in 2016, which is a 32% percent increase from 2014 when there were 279 alcohol-impaired driving deaths.

While all attention is on Monday night’s game between Georgia and Alabama, there are a number of events and concerts that will attract many people to downtown Atlanta this weekend.

“A Southeastern Conference championship, a Rose Bowl title and a national championship game berth have already made this a great season for Georgia Bulldog fans,” Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety said.  “However, we don’t want anyone to lose their life or lose a family member or friend because someone made the foolish decision to drink and drive.”

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reminds everyone a sober ride anywhere in Georgia can be located using the free Drive Sober, Georgia app.   The app provides a list of cab companies in cities around Georgia and will also dial the number.

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