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VA to hold outreach event at McCook Readiness Center

July 20, 2011

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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

July 20, 2011

VA to hold outreach event at McCook Readiness Center
Outreach initiative provides info, VA counseling to rural-area Vets

OMAHA, Neb. — An outreach initiative to provide rural-area veterans information and counseling about Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services takes place Aug. 5 and 6 at the Armed Forces Readiness Center, 404 W. 7th Ave, McCook, Neb.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, veteran service agencies, county veteran service officers and military transition assistance advisors to bring information and services at a Veterans of the Armed Forces Open House.

Veterans and their family members with questions about benefits are encouraged to visit the open house between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 or from 8 a.m. to noon. Aug. 6.

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.

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

For additional information about the event, contact Cindy Niemack-Brown at 308-382-3660, extension 92287; or Tom Stritt 308-345-2385.

The open house is targeted toward veterans who live in the following counties:  Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Fumas, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Lincoln, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Thayer, and Webster, Neb.; and Jewell, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, and Smith, Kans.