Military Families

Welcome to Albemarle County

On behalf of the Albemarle County Veterans Affinity Group, we would like to welcome our military families to Albemarle County. Please watch our welcome video to learn more about local programs and resources that support veterans and military-affiliated families.

About the Veterans Affinity Group

The Albemarle County Veterans Affinity Group (ACVAG) is a group of Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools employees who are committed to enhancing the work experience of veterans and reservists through networking, resources, and professional development.

Interested in joining? Please email

External Resources for Military Families

Blue Star Families of Central Virginia supports fellow Blue Star members and their friends and family members who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The organization shares educational information and supports military personnel through various service activities.

Gratitude Charlottesville is a website that offers a directory of military and police discounts in Charlottesville. Participating businesses have self-enrolled and eagerly agreed to offer special deals and discounts to active duty military, veterans, and public safety workers and their families as an expression of gratitude.

Our Community Salutes (OCS) hosts a free online community portal, OCS Connect, to provide the nation’s 150,000 new service members and their parents with expert advice and resources needed to effectively plan and prepare for higher education and personal financial success as they navigate their military journey.

Since 2009, the ParadeRest Virginia Board, composed of veterans, non-veterans, and representatives of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville/Albemarle community, has donated its time to providing ways to engage military personnel and their families with the local community. Expressions of gratitude for our veterans have taken the form of donated tickets to entertainment and sporting events.

The Virginia Department of Education website provides news and announcements relevant to military families. Family members who have questions about schooling options or need help with transitions are welcome to contact Dan Dunham, Virginia Department of Education Military Student and Family Specialist.

Jamie Gellner
Division Program Evaluator and Member of the Veterans Affinity Group Planning Team
Albemarle County Public Schools
Phone: 434-296-5820