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Supermarket of Veterans Benefits
outreach has large turnout

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.
 
Photo: 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)
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 organizations, etc.

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).

 

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