Learn about all the benefits you’ve earned at upcoming veterans open house

Dozens of veterans and members of the community gather at Tonaquint Cemetery to commemorate the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2018 | File photo by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News

IVINS — Are you a veteran who has returned home from deployment and is looking for a job or ways to increase your education? Or perhaps you are the family, friend or neighbor of a vet who is reaching their golden years and may need help applying for disability clams or hospice care?

The Freedom Eagle Monument with a 10-foot wingspan soars 20 feet above the ground overlooking the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah July 17, 2018 | Photo by Ryan Rees, St. George News

The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs has joined forces with state and federal agencies and will be holding an benefits open house on Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Southern Utah Veterans home in Ivins.

Everyone is welcome to come visit with VA experts and learn about the resources and opportunities available to help improve the lives of veterans.

There will be representatives from federal, state and local programs available throughout the afternoon to answer any questions.

UDVMA outreach programs manager Courtney Pendelton told St. George News that most people have no idea what benefits their service entitles them to.

Sadly often those benefits go unused by the people who could have used them most,” Pendleton said.

Participating organizations will include Utah@Ease, Department of Workforce Services, Elks Lodge, American Legion, ACE Program, CBOC, Honor Flight, VHA, VBA, Vietnam Veterans of America, Vocational Rehabilitation, Congressman Chris Stewart’s office, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vet Center, Sen. Mike Lee’s office, Five County Association of Governments and ESGR.

Veterans will be able to apply for all these benefits right on the spot. Pendleton said they are hoping that by the end of the day people will understand what they are entitled to and how to access those programs and benefits.

Information will be presented on a variety of programs, including disability claims, family counseling, senior care, education, employment, recreation therapy, aid and attendance.

“This is not a gift – this is not a handout. Brave men and women put their lives on hold and in jeopardy to afford this county its freedom,” Pendelton said. “It is my greatest honor to help veterans and their families.”

For more information on veterans benefits visit the Utah veterans website.

Event details

  • What: Veterans Benefits Open House.
  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Southern Utah Veterans Home, multi-purpose room,  160 N. 200 East, Ivins.

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