|MADISON (Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs) — A
large turnout of nearly 600 veterans, military retirees and their
families attended a Supermarket of Veterans Benefits at the Wisconsin
Military Academy at Fort McCoy Sept. 11, coming to learn about and apply
for veterans’ benefits and services. The outreach event was hosted by
the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), in conjunction with
the annual Fort McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day.
Attendees at the Supermarket of
Veterans Benefits held at Fort McCoy observe information
available at one of the many booths. The event was held in
conjunction with the Fort McCoy Retiree Appreciation Day.
(Photo by Bill Kern)
The event at Fort McCoy was a collaborative effort by WDVA, along
with other agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to
include the Tomah VA Medical Center and Madison Vet Center, TRICARE,
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Department of
Military Affairs, Fort McCoy Retiree Services Office, Western Technical
College, County Veterans Service Officers, veterans service
Since 2000, WDVA has been hosting veterans outreach events, including
Supermarkets of Veterans Benefits under the “I Owe You” program across
the state in an effort to draw federal, state, and local agencies
together in one convenient location to assist veterans in learning about
and applying for the benefits and services that they have earned. The
Supermarket of Veterans Benefits at Fort McCoy was the department’s 36th
such outreach event, with more than 45 information provider booths
present. Planning is already in place for next year’s event to be held
Sept. 10, 2010 at Fort McCoy.
For more information about veterans’ benefits and upcoming events, visit
the WDVA Web site at
http://www.WisVets.com, contact a local County Veterans Service
Officer (CVSO) or Tribal Veterans Service Officer (TVSO), or call WDVA
toll-free at 1-800-WIS-VETS (1-800-947-8387).