By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Former members of the military are invited to a special High Desert Veterans Resource Fair on June 5 to highlight information on benefits, job openings as well as personalized claims assistance.
Hosted by 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, the resource fair will include guest speaker Matt Knox, an Iraq War veteran and district director for Congressman Paul Cook. Knox will outline the Congressman’s work on behalf of veterans issues. The resource fail will also include an opportunity to meet with a Veterans Affairs representative to answer questions and provide one-on-one consultations.
Lovingood said Veterans Affairs employees as well as members of his own staff will be on hand to answer questions and help troubleshoot problems.
“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay,” Lovingood said. “This resource fair is one way we can show our appreciation.”
During the resource fair, veterans may enroll in the MyHealthEVet program. The program allows veterans to track medical appointments, prescriptions, and email their doctors. Veterans may also enroll in the E-Benefits program to monitor the status of a claim, view and print benefit letters, and explore benefit eligibility.
Along with benefit information, five to seven employers with open positions will be on-site to interview interested veterans.
Attendees will also be able to apply for the new county Veterans ID card. The main purpose of the ID card is to make our county’s veterans easily and surely recognizable to any area merchant that offers a benefit to veterans who patronize their business. Some local merchants already offer various benefits to veterans, such as a discount on purchase, a free item, or preferred status. With this card, the veteran will not need to carry a copy of their military discharge papers to prove their Veteran status. Honorably-discharged veterans can also apply for an ID card from the County V.A. office at 15900 Smoke Tree St. in Hesperia.
Information about the availability of financial assistance with closing fees or down payment can be obtained by a presenter from the non-profit housing opportunity program, HomeStrongUSA.
The High Desert Resource Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the Spring Valley Lake Community Center, 12975 Rolling Ridge Drive.