Workshops & Fairs 



The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Benefits and Job Fair for area veterans August 16 & 17, 2016, in the Nursing Center at Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Dr., La Crosse, WI 5460 as part of its fourth annual Mental Health and Homeless Summit. The Benefits and Job Fair, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16, will provide a one-stop shop for veterans and their families on a host of issues, ranging from eligibility to educational benefits to free medical screenings and finding employment.


Highland Ridge Assisted Living, 180 Scottie Drive, Glasgow, KY 42141, invites all veterans and their families to a special Veterans Benefits Workshop at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.  The VA estimates only 27 percent of veterans and 14 percent of widows of veterans, who probably could qualify for the pension, actually receive monthly checks and that there are two million veterans likely missing out on $22 billion in pension benefits.  By attending this event you will learn how you may qualify for relatively unknown, rarely used veteran’s benefits. Please RSVP by Friday, August 26, 2016 by calling 270-659-2548. 

The Knoxville Bar Association and other East Tennessee organizations are helping veterans with free legal advice. Veterans will be able to receive advice on issues concerning landlord/tenant, veteran benefits, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, estate planning, child support, personal injury and more. Along with the bar association, the Young Lawyers Division of the Knoxville Barristers, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the city’s Veteran’s Affairs Office are helping with the event. The clinic will host two sessions: September 7, 2016, and November 2, 2016.  The sessions will take place from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office at 1101 Liberty St., Knoxville, TN 37919.



Dr. Melissa Jarrell and a team of volunteers will host their third annual Dentistry from the Heart event, Friday, September 9, 2016, to provide a free day of dental care to more than 100 veterans of Howard County.  The line will begin to form as early as 7:00 a.m. located at 5111 Clinton Dr., Kokomo, IN 46902.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and services will continue through 5:00 p.m. Patients are asked to bring a veteran identification card, picture ID and a chair.  For more details please call 765-453-4369. 

There are many state and federal benefits and programs available to veterans and their dependents. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, call the Tehama County Veterans Service Office at 530-529-3664. As a reminder, the new address is at the Bank of America Building, 955 Main St., Suite C, Red Bluff, CA 96080. Regular scheduled office appointment hours are Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., closed from noon until 1:00 p.m. for lunch. The Red Bluff office VSO is by appointment only. Corning VSO walk-ins are at the Veterans Memorial Hall every Tuesday of the month, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Incarcerated and Probation Veteran appointments are Thursday mornings.


The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., Pawtucket, RI hosts a representative from the Rhode Island Division of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on the last Thursday of the month, every other month, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for veteran’s benefits counseling.  Jack Ryan, a veteran service representative with the Rhode Island Division of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, will be available by appointment to explain the many benefits that are available to veterans and their spouses and/or dependents. Learn how to “navigate the system” and receive the necessary information you need to obtain various services and programs through the VA.  To make your one-on-one confidential appointment, call 401-728-7582 or visit the center’s second floor office.

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with Maryland public libraries to conduct outreach to veterans in the state.  In Caroline County, Sharon Egerson, veteran’s representative for the county, will be available to meet with veterans from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. every Thursday at the Central Library in Denton. She will answer questions, discuss veteran’s benefits and conduct referrals.  For more information, please call 410-479-1343, ext. 1.

Veterans in Massachusetts who are reintegrating back into civilian life are invited to participate in a free, confidential series of couples therapy sessions with their spouse or partner. The project focuses specifically on how the veterans and their partners manage Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, while addressing the issues in the relationship that may emerge. The project is headed up by Kathryn K. Basham, a licensed clinical social worker working with Jean LaTerz. There will be a brief interview on the phone with the couple to make sure they are prepared and that they meet the criteria. Both individuals in the relationship must be willing to participate in the counseling. Those interested in participating in this program can contact Basham at (413) 585-7959 or  

The Veteran Benefit Project is a public service whose personnel have been trained to seek out Veterans and their Widows who may be entitled to the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits. There is No Fee and no cost associated with these services. Not to the facility, not to any resident of the facility and not to their family members. They will work with any Veteran or the Widow of a Veteran, in obtaining their allowable benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs. No one will ever be denied services. Office location:  7840-B Pine Forest Rd. Pensacola, Florida 32526.  Call 850-380-5137 for more information.  

A Veterans Command Crisis Center has been set up at American Legion Post 58 at 4724 Vulcan St. in Northeast El Paso, Texas. It will operate Tuesday through Friday.  The Legion has set up different booths to assist veterans with filing for VA benefits, scheduling appointments, counseling services and enrolling in VA care. The American Legion recently opened similar crisis centers in Phoenix, Arizona and Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Hours of operation: noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday; 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday; and 8:00 A.M. to noon Friday.  Use VA Hotline: 915-564-6143, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. MST.      

In helping countless veterans over the last two decades, Cheryl Cook keeps her brother and her father's experience close to her heart.  Vallejo area veterans are referred to her by calling the Fairfield county veterans office and getting a referral. Veterans can get an appointment by calling 707-784-6590.  Appointments to see her can be made 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. every Tuesday and Wednesday.  

A Glendale man is teaching veterans about money that is available to them that can help with their healthcare costs and keep them out of the VA Medical Center.  Kevin Hamilton is helping veterans apply for a secondary VA pension called the "Veterans Aid and Attendance Program."  Have questions today? Call me today: Kevin Hamilton direct, (602) 565 -8814. 

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