Killeen will host two veterans benefits fairs this week to ensure veterans in the communities surrounding Fort Hood, and service members preparing to leave service, fully understand the latest benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Veterans Land Board.
Central Texas College will host a Veterans’ Benefits expo today in the Anderson Campus Center, building 156), on the central campus in Killeen.
The expo is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The expo serves as an outlet for military veterans and family members to meet representatives from numerous organizations and obtain information on how to make the best use of veterans’ benefits.
Nearly 30 organizations serving military veterans will be on hand to provide information on education benefits, health care services, disability compensation and employment services.
Other resources and material available at the expo include information on home and land loans, counseling services and legal services.
Veterans attending the expo should bring their DD Form 214, VA health care ID card and any recent VA disability correspondence.
For more information, contact the CTC VetSuccess Center at 254-501-3094.
On Saturday, the Texas Veterans Land Board will host a fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center at 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.
State officials will be on hand to provide information on Texas programs including land, home and home improvement loans, as well as state veterans homes and cemeteries for veterans and military members in Texas.
As an intergovernmental partnership event between the VLB, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Veterans Commission, the benefits fair will provide veterans and military members with access to representatives who can discuss pending claims, health care needs, education and employment benefits and more.
Veterans who wish to discuss pending claims with VA officials should bring pertinent case information, including claim numbers if available. Veterans, military members and their families are encouraged to attend.
“The VLB Benefits Fairs are a great opportunity for local veterans to come out and learn about what benefits they might qualify for and how to apply to receive those benefits,” said Jim Mickler, deputy director of Marketing and Outreach. “The VLB Benefits Fairs enable Texas veterans to meet the local representatives who can help them navigate these programs. Our mission is to help empower veterans to find information and access all of the benefits they have earned.”
For more information on the benefits fair, call 800-252-8387. For more information about the Texas Veterans Land Board, call 800-252-8387 or go to TexasVeterans.com.