Veterans benefits

Veterans Benefits Center established for North Carolina

For the third time in four years, American Legion Post 67 in Cary, North Carolina, is offering veterans an opportunity to get answers — and sometimes resolutions — about their benefits and health care.

From Sept. 12-14, Post 67 is hosting another Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC), in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Wake County (NC) Veterans Services and Veterans fighters of foreign wars. The center will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 13, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 14 at the Herbert Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary.

In 2016 and 2017, Post 67 held a similar event, helping over 1,600 veterans through the process while awarding over $1 million in benefits. A VEAC was planned for September 2018 but was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.

VEACs make available to veterans various local, state, and federal agencies to assist with veterans benefits and health issues. Veterans will have the opportunity to meet these workers in person, rather than dealing with them over the phone or online. Veterans from as far away as Arizona attended the events, where they can check the status of pending VA claims and file new ones on the spot. Some receive VA disability ratings while at the center.

At VEAC, workers will provide face-to-face explanation and assistance to facilitate and expedite existing claims and appeals, file new claims, and accept all claim-related evidence for processing and providing information regarding VA programs. related to benefits.

Those requesting assistance from VEAC are asked to bring appropriate documentation regarding their case: DD 214, all medical records regarding any military and civilian disabilities, and dependency documents if new or not already provided to the VA.

Post 67 duty officer Richard Spyrison said he expects 1,400 to 1,500 veterans and family members to attend this year’s VEAC; As waiting times can be long, VEAC users are asked to be patient. Coffee, water and snacks will be offered free of charge.

For more information, contact Spyrison at [email protected]