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Session in Howell to detail expanded VA benefits

An information session regarding an expansion of VA benefits will be held later this month in Howell.

Hosted by the Livingston County Veteran Services Office, in conjunction with Veterans Community Action Teams Region 9 (VCAT9) and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, the PACT Act information session is set for Thursday, March 23rd from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Livingston County Veteran Services office located at 1420 Lawson Dr. Howell, MI 48843.

The PACT Act expands VA healthcare and benefits for Veterans who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances during their service in Vietnam, the Gulf War, and post 9/11 eras. Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987 will also benefit from expanded healthcare benefits.

Both Veterans and their families are invited to attend the information session, where toxic exposure screenings will be provided by VA nurses, and are expected to take less than 10 minutes.

Ramon Baca, Director of Livingston County Veteran Services, is looking forward to hosting the event.

“We are pleased that this event is happening in Livingston County at our beautiful facility. Anytime our Veterans can hear firsthand information about the benefits that they fought for and earned through their years of service to our nation is a huge win! We look forward to many more partnered events with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and helping our Veterans connect to them.”

Gary Easterling, Director of Veteran Services from the Michigan American Legion, representatives from VCAT9, and Ann Arbor VA will be presenting information and answering questions for participants.

Lunch will be provided. Participants are asked register for the session by calling Matthew Raad at (734) 968-9318 or signing up online at https://tinyurl.com/nrh6yy8. Participants are asked to bring their DD-214 discharge paperwork to the session.

For more information about the Livingston County Veteran Services office, follow and their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/LivCoVets or call their office at (517) 546-6338.

For more information about the VCAT9, follow their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/R9VCAT or e-mail them at joinvcat9@umich.edu.

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