Category: Community - Original Published on Monday, 10 June 2013 16:31 Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Recognizing the tremendous needs of area Veterans, Detroit VA Healthcare System staff will roll out outreach events and summits to assist Veterans with everything from housing to financial repair to legal issues and health care.
“We are here each and every day for our Veterans, so we are able to see what they need and how we can work with our community partners to assist them,” said Dr. Pamela Reeves, Medical Center Director. “This summer, we are focusing our attention on certain areas where we feel we can help as many Veterans as possible. All they must do is show up for these free events and we have staff that’s able to place them in particular programs.”
The following events are just a few planned for the busy summer:
Disabled Veteran Open House, June 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Detroit VA Healthcare System, Room B1290: The focus for this event is the disabled Veteran community, many of whom cannot easily access services and care.
“We must educate the disabled Veteran community on what is available to them both here in our medical center and also in the community,” said Dr. Reeves. “Also, this is our chance to recognize many of our community partners who assist us every day in meeting the needs of our Veterans.”
This event will take place both indoors and outdoors, with tables and booths set up that will feature organizations such as the VFW, DAV, in-house services including Human Resources, Prosthetics, Registration and Veterans Benefits Administration.
Staff from various departments within the organization and community agencies will be on hand to help guide the Veteran and answer his/her questions.
Veterans Legal Fair, June 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Detroit VA Healthcare System: Sponsored by The Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Detroit VA, this is a free program for all Veterans. Featured workshops will include expungement of criminal records, Social Security claims and child support issues. Will Gunn, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will speak at 10:00 a.m.
“We have seen great success with our Veterans Justice Outreach program in recent months,” said Dr. Reeves. “We are realizing that many of the issues our Veterans face don’t only involve health care and it’s our responsibility to help provide them with the resources to not only learn more about these legal issues, but assist them in tackling what can be a difficult system.”
Also on-hand will be U.S. Congressmen John Conyers Jr. and Gary Peters along with area judges and their staffs. The fair is funded by a grant from Quicken Loans with additional support from various agencies.
Veterans Resource Fair, June 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Detroit VA Healthcare System, Room B1290: This is a program sponsored by the Vet 2 Vet program and the medical center’s Veterans Consumer Council.
“This is more or less a resource fair organized by Veterans for Veterans,” said Dr. Bella Schanzer, Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. “No one knows what Veterans needs are, better than Veterans themselves, so we looked to these organizations within the medical center for insight on what resources to bring in.”
Veterans will be able to learn more about everything from health care to education, employment and help for homelessness. There will be assistance on-site, to help Veterans navigate the processes for many of the resources available to them in the community.
All Veterans of all eras are welcome to attend each of the programs.
Since 1939, the Detroit VAMC has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. In 1996, the medical center moved from Allen Park, Michigan to the current location in Detroit. The John D. Dingell VAMC located in Detroit, Michigan is one of the newest VA facilities in the country. We consider it our privilege to serve the health care needs of our Veterans. Services are available to more than 330,000 Veterans living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair counties. This population represents approximately forty-four percent of the Veteran population in the lower peninsula of Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.detroit.va.gov
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