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NEWS RELEASE: VA to Hold Outreach Open House in McCook, Neb.

May 10, 2013

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OMAHA, Neb. — A Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House to provide rural-area Veterans information and assistance with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services takes place May 17 and 18 at the McCook Community College, 1205 E. 3rd Street, McCook, Neb. 

The open house is being held in conjunction with the public display of the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall, which will be at the college’s Weiland football field May 16 through May 19.
Veterans and their family members with questions about benefits are encouraged to visit the open house between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17 or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18.

The goal is to increase awareness about VA and other benefits and services available to veterans, and to assist with applying for these benefits.

Representatives from the following agencies will be available to provide veterans assistance and information:  VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Veterans Benefit Administration Regional Office, Vet Centers and the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs.  Community agencies that provide veteran services will also be available.

Veterans who are not currently enrolled for VA benefits are encouraged to bring their DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” to the open house to assist the agency counselors assess individual eligibility for VA benefits. VA counselors will assist veterans to complete eligibility and enrollment applications.

For additional information about the event, contact Will Ackerman at 800-451-5796, ext. 4719 or Tom Stritt, 308-345-2385.

About VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb.  Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit 

For further information, contact:
Will Ackerman -- Public Affairs Officer, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Office:  (402) 995-4719; Cell:  (402) 332-6780