Seminar to help vets get benefits

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DAYTON -- Local veterans may want to mark their calendars for Aug. 20 and 21, when Dayton VFW Post 5549, Veterans Affairs representatives from Walla Walla and longtime veterans advocate Victor Kuhns will host a seminar on veterans benefits.

The Vets Helping Vets Benefits Seminar has been held in Dayton annually for the past two years.

Dayton VFW Commander Jerry Berg said the seminar has helped many veterans in the area access health care, prescription drugs, counseling, pension funds and other benefits they may not realize they are entitled to or don't know how to access.

Topics include qualifications for coverage, what veterans need to know before going into a benefits evaluation, required forms and paperwork (copies provided), recent changes to veterans policies, and an open forum where presenters and attendees can ask questions and share knowledge about the process of acquiring benefits.

According to Berg, recent policy changes may entitle certain veterans to additional benefits. These include those who think they may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; think they might have been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam; served during the Korean War; or are naval veterans.

While Berg said about 80 percent of the veterans who attended last year were from Dayton, he would like to see more veterans from around the region attend.

While the information covered at each say's seminar will be similar, Berg said it is worthwhile for veterans to attend both days, because different questions will be asked and discussed in each day's forum.

Omar Ihmoda can be reached at omarihmoda@wwub.com.



if You Go

The Vets Helping Vets Benefits Seminar will be held Aug. 20 and 21 at the Dayton Veterans Hall at 211 E. Clay. The forum will run from 1-6 p.m. both days.

The only item a veteran needs to bring is a DD Form 214 copy.

For help acquiring a copy of your DD Form 214 or for more information on the seminar, call Dayton VFW Post 5549 Commander Jerry Berg at 509-240-2699.

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