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VA to Hold Outreach Open House in Columbus, Neb.

April 25, 2012

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Will Ackerman -- Public Affairs Officer

VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

4101 Woolworth Avenue (00P)

Omaha, NE  68105

Office:  (402) 995-4719

Cell:  (402) 332-6780





April 25, 2012


VA to Hold Outreach Open House in Columbus, Neb.


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 8 and 9 at the Platte County Agricultural Park, 822 15th Street, Columbus, Neb.  


The VA is partnering with the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, veteran service agencies, county veteran service officers and military transition assistance advisors.


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 8 or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9.


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, Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Nebraska National Guard Transition Assistance Advisor.  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. 94719, or Eric Mullally, 402-563-4914.


The open house is targeted toward veterans who live in the following counties:  Antelope, Boone, Butler, Colfax, Cuming, Hamilton, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Polk, and Stanton.