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Veterans Service Agency to Host Meetings Discussing Benefits

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Ken Moore of the Veterans Service agency visited YNN Friday to discuss town hall meetings being held to inform veterans of benefits.

Ken Moore said about the meetings, “Well just continuing on with the county executive and the Veteran’s Service Agency on informing veterans as to the benefits that are due to them for health care and compensation. We’re hosting a couple more town hall meetings. The first one will be tomorrow at Gates Town Hall and that’s at 1605 Buffalo road. The first session starts at nine in the morning, the second at one in the afternoon."

“Then we’re doing the Henrietta Town Hall, which is a little different. This one is going to be on a Thursday,December 6th at ten in the morning and at one in the afternoon."

“We’re going to be doing presentations by the V.A. for healthcare. Our agency will be doing presentations on compensation, burial and those types of things. But it’s important that we get the word out so the folks out there that have served their country can get the benefits that are due to them.”

When asked is if there is anything new for veterans to look for or possible changes Moore replied, “Well there isn’t an awful lot of big changes. There are some things they aren’t aware of such as property tax exemption in New York State. You know especially with the healthcare today, with the situation at Eastman Kodak company, you know, losing healthcare benefits, there are opportunities for the veterans. They may well be deserving of treatment at the clinic on West Fall Road.”

“We also want them to bring a copy of their DD2-14 cause we’ll be able to take their pictures and sign them up for veteran’s discount cards in Monroe County, which is a real good thing. There’s over 100 businesses in Monroe County, who will give discounts for services."

He also said it’s important for newer veterans to learn about benefits and services.

“Unfortunately they don’t do a very good job informing these veterans when they leave military of exactly what their entitlements are. A lot of them that we run into in one of these events or just out in the street and start talking to them about these different issues, their sort of dumbfounded, they don’t know.”

“So it’s important that they come to something like this so they can get the information and then we can provide a service to them to get them the benefits that are due to them.”

To learn more about the meetings Veteran's Service Agency.

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