Event aims to aid veterans


By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Veterans can have all of their benefit questions answered during a two-day regional event beginning Friday in Roanoke Rapids.

Veterans will have an excellent opportunity to talk to federal, state and local representatives face to face, said Kori Mabe, a spokeswoman with the Department of Veterans Affairs Winston-Salem Regional Office.

“We are encouraging all veterans, especially female veterans and veterans not currently receiving compensation, pension or health-care benefits, to attend,” Mabe said.

The two-day event — part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Experience Action Center — is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Roanoke Rapids Theatre, previously the Randy Parton Theater, at 500 Carolina Crossroads Parkway, exit 177 off Interstate 95 in Roanoke Rapids.

The events are sponsored by the Winston-Salem Veterans Affairs Regional Office. The Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Center, local veterans support agencies and Veterans Service officers will participate in the Roanoke Rapids Veterans Experience Action Center.

Representatives will be able to help with filing of a claim or answer questions about appeals. VA raters and decisions makers will be available in person, Mabe said.

Attendees will be able to set up e-benefits accounts; discuss pension eligibility and widow benefits; find out about educational benefits, home loans and more.

A Healthnet representative will be able to answer questions. The Vet Center mobile mental health clinic will be there. Women Veterans staff and benefits explanations will be on hand to talk about myhealthevet, vets.gov and more.

Healthcare representatives will help vets enroll in programs and look at specialty appointments.

The VA is expanding Veteran Experience Action Centers as part of its national effort to improve the veteran experience. For questions or additional information contact Mabe at 336-251-6493 or kori.mabe@va.gov or Jean Reaves at 252-673-6495 or email jean.reaves579@gmail.com.