Or­ga­nizer: Le­gion events aid vet­er­ans

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - SCAR­LET SIMS

FAYETTEVILLE — A hand­ful of vet­er­ans wan­dered be­tween booths piled with in­for­ma­tion about health care, fed­eral ben­e­fits, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and coun­sel­ing ser­vices Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon at the Shel­ton Tucker Craft Amer­i­can Le­gion Post in Fayetteville.

“We do this to help the vet­er­ans in our com­mu­nity,” said Stephanie Hub­bard, who or­ga­nized the third an­nual Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fit.

For the first time, the fair and ben­e­fit were held to­gether, Hub­bard said. The event is meant to help vet­er­ans nav­i­gate the U.S. De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs ser­vices, said Dave Swin­dle, a mil­i­tary veteran of sev­eral branches who helped or­ga­nize the in­for­ma­tion fair. Among the ven­dors at­tend­ing were the Vet­er­ans Health Care Sys­tem of the Ozarks and the U.S. De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs re­gional of­fice in Lit­tle Rock.

Swin­dle said turnout for the events didn’t mat­ter as much as mak­ing it avail­able.

“If one per­son gets help, it doesn’t mat­ter how many [peo­ple] show up,” he said.

The ben­e­fit, it­self, is a fundraiser for vet­er­ans pro­grams, in­clud­ing a vet­er­ans emer­gency fund, Hub­bard said. Both the ben­e­fit and fair hap­pened just as a mas­sive re­mod­el­ing project for the post fin­ishes up, Post

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