On Tuesday, Central Texas College will host a Veterans’ Benefits expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anderson Campus Center, located at building 156 on the central campus in Killeen.
For veterans, or for those in the process of leaving active service to enter into veteran status, expositions such as this can be a huge boon to navigating the benefits earned from serving our nation.
The thing I like about these events is that they always have the latest information about the Veterans Affairs and the various programs available. I highly encourage all veterans to go, whether or not you are registered in the VA system, and I encourage all troops transitioning from active duty to attend as well. And bring your significant other, if you have one — having a spouse who also understands the way things work can be very helpful.
This event will feature nearly 30 organizations providing information on everything from setting up a disability claim to vocational rehabilitation services. Trying to figure out how to use your education benefits? Someone will be there to help you out. Need a different job skill set because injuries prevent you from working in your field? There will be someone there for that, as well.
The VA will have representatives from all their programs there, to include medical, education, employment assistance and home loans. They’ll even be someone to walk you through how to remodel your home to accommodate for service-connected disabilities.
Other organizations such as the Texas Veterans Commission, Wounded Warriors and local veteran organizations such as Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans and Operation Phantom Support will be in attendance. Need legal advice? Lonestar Legal will be there. Woman veteran? There will be plenty of information on the specialized care needed by our women who served and how to access that care.
There is so much information to be found at these events, and answers to the ever-changing quagmire of questions concerning veteran benefits. Hence the reason I suggest you bring your significant other — I don’t know about you, but my wife seems to retain a lot more of this information than I do.
If you have never registered with the VA or for any benefits, the time to do so is now. You could be missing out on a lot of programs that could save you money.
So grab your DD-214 and, if you have one, your VA identification card. Grab all documentation you might need, especially medical and correspondence with the VA if you have questions on disability claims. And then head on over to CTC — you just might learn something.
David A. BRYANT is an Army retiree and a military journalist for the Killeen Daily Herald. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-501-7554.