By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Nearly 200 local veterans of all age groups attend the Veterans Resource Fair to apply for jobs, receive help in resolving VA claims and apply for San Bernardino County’s new veterans discount card.
“It’s wonderful to see so many veterans turn out and receive the help they deserve,” said 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, who sponsored the event Thursday in Spring Valley Lake.
The Veterans Administration regional office held private one-on-one meetings with more than 40 veterans. Employers accepted resumes and conducted on-site job interviews. Participating firms included Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Walmart, CageCo, Southern California Aviation, Southern California Edison, AlliedBarton Security Services and Securitas.
The Veterans Resource Fair is one of the best outreach efforts and helped connect vets with VA Loma Linda Healthcare, according to a representative for the organization.
Well over 100 vets applied for the new county Veterans ID card. The main purpose of the ID card, Lovingood said, 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. To speak to a San Bernardino County Department of Veterans Affairs representative, call (760) 995-8010.