Vet Fairs

Paula Taylor and Julia Conner with the Texas Veterans Commission assists veterans during a free benefits fair, informing veterans and military members about state and federal benefits on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Gabe Wolf | Herald

The Veterans Land Board hosted a Texas veteran’s benefits fair at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center in Killeen on Saturday.

The Veterans Land Board, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Veterans Commission, held the event to provide veterans, service members and their families access to representatives who can assist with pending disability compensation claims, healthcare, education and employment benefits.

“The Veterans Land Board in Texas helps veterans find out what benefits they qualify for, how to apply for those benefits and how to meet the local people that will help with that process,” said Jim Bob Mickler, the marketing director for VLB. “The VLB does the best job it can of matching the veterans with the benefits, especially when it comes to buying a house, buying land, or home improvements on a house you already have.”

Representatives were on hand from the Texas Veterans Commission to help veterans access all the benefits and services they have earned.

“We help with (VA) claims, we have healthcare advocacy,” said Julia Conner, a communications and outreach representative from the TVC. “If veterans are having problems accessing medical treatment, we side with the veteran and help them resolve those issues.”

Conner said the commission also assists veterans access their educational and employment benefits, and helps veterans start their own businesses.

Officials from the Central Texas Veterans Affairs were offering information on health promotion and disease prevention.

“I’m promoting all the health education programs that the VA has to offer like tobacco cessation, weight loss, diabetes control, blood pressure control, and getting immunizations and cancer screenings,” said Joan Vanicek, the health promotion and disease prevention program manager at the Central Texas VA.

Present at the fair were lenders from different financial institutions like PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company, to assist borrowers fulfill their home-ownership dreams.

“We have no VA lender fees, that’s unique to PrimeLending, and we also do VA renovation and we participate with the Texas Veterans Land Board home loan program,” said Deborah Huddleston, branch manager of the Killeen office.

The fair also hosted several law firms available to assist veterans with legal matters and institutions of higher learning to train veterans in technical fields like HVAC repair.

For more information about the Texas Veterans Land Board, call 800-252-8387 or go to TexasVeterans.com.

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