All active-duty soldiers, veterans and their immediate families are invited to the fifth annual Welcome Home Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Carl Levin Park.

The event is being sponsored by the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Saturday’s event will be jammed packed with lots of free food, door prizes and a variety of entertainment for the whole family.

A job fair, featuring more than 20 employers wanting to hire veterans, is planned as well as a wide range of booths slated to share information about VA health programs, benefits, and 30 state colleges and universities.

For those veterans who have not signed up for VA health care, a registration booth will be available. Veterans just need to bring their DD214 to complete the process.

“One of the other purposes of the event is to reach out and give them information to support them and let them know about the VA services,” said Deborah Meyer, public affairs specialist at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. “We want them to have fun, but also to be able to give them information on what’s available to them.”

Soldiers and veterans are encouraged to visit the VA website at www.centraltexas.va.gov/News/OEFMedia.asp to register for the event; however, registration is not required.

Combat service members have five years from their date of discharge to receive free health care for any condition that may be related to combat services, Meyer said. To learn more about Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn health care at the VA, go to www.centraltexas.va.gov.

For more details about the Welcome Home Celebration, call Bobby Zimmerman, chief of voluntary service, at 254-743-2893 or email bobby.zimmerman@va.gov.

“It’s important for us to recognize the service that our soldiers and veterans have provided our country,” Meyer said.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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