The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is offering a health fair for veterans and their families Saturday, offering information about a host of services available in an effort to register veterans for programs they deserve.
“It’s kind of a VA fair, where they will have different stations,” said Ray Hendrix, a member of the American Legion Post #90 on Rucker Lane, which is hosting the veteran’s event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be available, and veterans will be able to learn more about VA Healthcare enrollment (they must bring their DD214 forms); VA benefits such as claims and compensation; the new Post 9/11 GI-Bill; VA transition services for returning combat veterans and their families; women’s health information; homeless services; free health checks; and employment assistance.
Post #90 Commander Dan Foglio said food is being provided by Hodges-Moore and Joiner Anderson funeral homes. Veterans and their families are invited to the fair and to enjoy the refreshments at no charge, he said.
Hendrix said the event is “A VA outreach program geared to smaller towns where there isn’t a hospital or clinic.” The VA is reaching out to make sure veterans are aware of and can take advantage of programs offered.
“This is to get them into the system, to make services available and to let them ask questions,” he said.
For more information on the VA programs, contact Julius Jones at (706) 733-0188, ext. 5767.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.