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Local officials and veterans services to host benefits fair

Posted by Terri Ogan  April 11, 2013 01:15 PM

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As part of an ongoing commitment to providing veterans with the services and resources they need, various officials and services will join forces in hosting Operation Commitment to Our Troops, a benefits fair for local veterans.

Congressman John Tierney, the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services, the United Veterans Council, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, and State Senator Bruce Tarr are inviting veterans from across the area to attend the fair, which will be held on Saturday April 13 in the Gloucester High School Field House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The benefits fair will provide medical and counseling services, information on education benefits, claims and disability applications, legal assistance, job training information, and other services to local veterans who have bravely served our country.

“As our service members return from Iraq and Afghanistan, events like this one help to ensure a smooth transition to civilian life,” Tierney said in a recent announcement. “Countless veterans have shared their struggles trying to access the benefits they deserve or to find the job training or employment they need.”

Tierney added that the benefits fair will provide veterans direct access to the officials who can answer their questions and who can help them understand the resources and benefits available to them.

In addition to employers looking to hire veterans, the fair will also include resources for housing, housing assistance, and VA mortgage information, and a host of other services to Massachusetts veterans.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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