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 September 24, 2010

Armywide News

Supermarket outreach event at McCoy attracts more than 675

MADISON, Wis. (Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs) — More than 1,000 attendees, including veterans and their Family members, received information about and assistance in applying for veterans benefits and services, over the course of two recent Supermarket of Veterans Benefits outreach events at Fort McCoy and King, Wis. The events were hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).
PHOTO: Veterans check out the displays at the Supermarket of Veterans Benefits held Sept. 10 at Fort McCoy. Contributed photo
Veterans check out the displays at the Supermarket of Veterans Benefits held Sept. 10 at Fort McCoy. (Contributed photo)

More than 675 people attended the Supermarket event at Fort McCoy Sept. 10, which was held at the Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA) in conjunction with the installation’s annual Retiree Appreciation Day event.

Nearly 350 people attended a Supermarket at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Sept. 2, which was held in conjunction with the Waupaca County Library exhibition called “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

Booth providers at both events presented information on state and federal benefits such as VA health care, education benefits, employment training, assisted living, nursing home care, and other programs, as part of WDVA’s initiative to get information to veterans in various locations throughout the state, as a “one-stop shop” for their convenience.

Information that was provided at both the King and Fort McCoy outreach events — the last two Supermarkets for 2010 — as with all five Supermarkets presented this year (the others were at Cleveland, Wis., Milwaukee, and Rice Lake), was targeted for veterans of all age groups and service periods, including Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and women veterans.

The department also presents other types of outreach events, including veterans job fairs (co-hosted with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development) and on-campus open houses at state universities and technical colleges.

In addition, because WDVA recognizes the growing number of women who are veterans, the department holds an annual Women Veterans Conference.

The 2010 Women Veterans Conference event will take place from Oct. 22-24 at the WMA at Fort McCoy.

Plans are under way for Supermarkets in 2011.

For information about dates, times and locations and to learn more about the Supermarket of Veterans Benefits outreach program go to the WDVA website at http://dva.state.wi.us/Ben_Supermkt_Upcoming.asp (or http://www.WisVets.com/Supermarkets) or call 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).

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