Veterans supermarket slated for May 17

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:04 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:28 p.m. CDT

Veterans Affairs personnel from Adams and Union counties are providing a one-stop “shopping” experience for southwest Iowa veterans 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at Creston’s Restored Depot, 116 W. Adams St.

This “supermarket of veterans benefits” will bring dozens of agencies under one roof to learn about benefits they are entitled to, but possibly not receiving.

“It’s been seven or eight years since we have had a program like this in Creston,” said Gary O’Daniels, VFW Post 1797 Commander. “It allows veterans to come to a centralized spot instead of driving to Des Moines or Omaha.”

O’Daniels said the “supermarket” is a place for veterans to receive information about eligibility, women’s programs, disability compensation and Disabled Veteran Association, pension and healthcare services such as vision, hearing and mental health. Information about obtaining military records, medals and burial in veteran cemeteries may also be addressed.

The event, which is sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Central Iowa Health Care System will also feature local organizations and businesses including, but not limited to Southwestern Community College admissions, Southwest Iowa Hospice and Fredricksen Memorials.

O’Daniels said there may be veterans and dependants who are eligible for various benefits but who, for some reason, have never applied for them.

There is no charge to attend the VA “supermarket.” Refreshments will also be served.

For more information, contact Union County Veterans Affairs Director Blaise Reha at (641) 782-1723.

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