Veterans in Northeast Ohio gathered on the campus of the Cuyahoga Community College on August 11th and 12th, 2017 to learn how to access their VA benefits. The event was coordinated by the Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC) and provided veterans with an opportunity to complete their claims and applications in an expeditious manner.
A Vietnam veteran in attendance remarked, “Had I not been here today, who knows how long it would have taken,” in reference to receiving his VA benefits. Over 28 agencies participated in the event, which served as a one-stop shop and provided veterans with face to face assistance to every aspect of their VA claims.
The VEAC is a collaboration between the Northeast Ohio Veterans Community Task Force Advisory Committee, the VA, State and County organizations, and the community, is a cooperative task force to assist, counsel, and advocate resolution of individual issues immediately for Veterans and their families.
This inaugural event provided local veterans with access to on-site claims & appeals assistance, healthcare enrollment, wellness and enrollment medical exams, mental health counseling, VA Women’s Health Services, VA G.I.V.E. (Gender Identity Veteran Experience) Clinic, Homestead Exemption assistance, Veteran ID cards, and other community related information and services. The event also included a 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration pinning.
Tim Oldani, a native of Elyria, Ohio and veteran of the Marine Corps Reserves, spearheaded the planning and execution of this event. Tim served as a combat engineer and was deployed for a tour of duty to Iraq. Today, Tim supports other veterans through his work as an outreach program specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
RLF salutes Tim Oldani and the Veterans Experience Action Center as champions for our veterans and we thank them for their service to our country.
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