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Spiess joins Veterans Services Office

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OXFORD — The Granville County Veterans Services Office welcomes Albert “A.J.” Spiess as its new veterans services technician. 

He will work under the direction of veterans services officer Chris Dethmers to assist veterans and their families in the complex process of accessing resources at the state and federal level.

Originally from Lula, Ga., Spiess retired from the Navy after 26 years of service, rising to the rank of senior chief master at arms. 

Serving aboard six ships — the USS Butte, USS Simpson, USS Briscoe, USS Truman, USS Harpers Ferry and USS Wasp — Spiess also has extensive experience serving as a physical security officer, conducing anti-terrorism training. As a department-leading chief petty officer, he investigated larcenies, assaults and other security violations.

In addition to his professional experience, Spiess previously volunteered with the Disabled American Veterans, serving as chapter veterans services officer where he aided veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies.

Spiess also holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management. He and his wife Corie have one child, Brooke.

“I feel so privileged to serve veterans and their families in Granville County,” Spiess said. “I have always volunteered with various organizations throughout my life, and when I retired and started volunteering with the DAV, I found my true passion. This position with the Granville County Veterans Services Office is a direct extension of my work with the DAV. I know that dealing with the VA can be difficult. Please come let the Veterans Services Office help ease the process.”

The Granville County Veterans Services Office is located at 141 Williamsboro St., Oxford. To learn more about the services and programs offered, visit the Granville County website at, or call Veterans Services at 919-693-1484.