Hundreds Turn Out for Vets Resource Fair

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Service providers and prospective employers assisted more than 200 former members of the military during the second annual Veterans Resource Fair on Thursday.

Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam as well as Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan received help in applying for service-related benefits, information on job opportunities and other services, said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert Lovingood.

“It is so meaningful when we can connect vets with the benefits that they have earned,” said Lovingood, who hosted the event. “I spoke with one vet who, after 20 years in the service, never reached out for his benefits. But we connected him today, and that’s a wonderful feeling.”

Congressman Col. Paul Cook joined Lovingood in fielding questions at the Courtyard Marriott in Hesperia. Cook also spoke to the crowd on veterans legislation he has drafted.

Frank Guevara, a retired Army colonel and San Bernardino County’s new Veterans Affairs Director, was on hand with a simple word to encourage veterans to reach out to the County. Last year San Bernardino County was responsible for generating nearly $85 million in new federal monetary benefits, according to CalVet’s annual report to the State Legislature. That is more than neighboring counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside.

To speak to a San Bernardino County Department of Veterans Affairs representative, call (760) 995-8010. The County’s local Veterans Affairs office is at 15900 Smoke Tree St. in Hesperia.

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