Veterans services groups took part in Texas A&M University-Central Texas’ second annual Veterans Appreciation Day and Benefits Expo on Thursday.
The event was sponsored by the campus’ Veterans Affairs Center and VetSuccess group.
“It’s designed for us to show appreciation for vets in the area,” said Kristie Everett, the assistant director of Veterans Affairs at the university.
With Fort Hood in the college’s backyard and a 49 percent military-affiliated population on campus, outreach to veterans is important to the school.
Expo participants provided information on several subjects, including educational benefits and health and disability services for veterans.
Cadet Matthew Coble, the school’s student body president, was on hand to support the vendors and greet visitors.
“I like to talk to veterans, since that’s who I identify with,” he said.
Coble was previously enlisted, and will be commissioned an officer next year with a master’s degree in experimental psychology.
For student Jeffrey Glenn, the expo provided information on programs that could support his education.
“My GI Bill is running out soon,” he said.
Glenn said he hopes to graduate by next summer. He was stationed at Fort Hood when he left the Army in 2010.
Several visitors sought information on disability claims.
Ronnie Cosper, the outreach coordinator of the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, based in Waco, provided details on filing and tracking disability claims and benefits.
There are many counselors in the area to provide this information, he said, but more people need to be made aware of it.