Veter­ans

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Com­man­der Mark Fos­ter said.

New floors were fin­ished Fri­day. Out­side, veter­ans chat­ted on a fenced-in pa­tio and re­cently do­nated out­door fur­ni­ture.

The post was picked as a pro­ject by the En­ac­tus stu­dent group through the Sam M. Wal­ton Col­lege of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas at Fayet­teville.

Be­tween ren­o­va­tions and the events, the Amer­i­can Le­gion may at­tract younger veter­ans, veter­ans said. It also will be more rec­og­nized as a place to come for in­for­ma­tion and help, they said. Even older veter­ans are find­ing ben­e­fits and ser­vices they didn’t know they qual­i­fied for.

John Hutchi­son, who was in the Marine Corps, said he dis­cov­ered the ring­ing in his ears is el­i­gi­ble for health care at the fair. The prob­lem is linked to his mil­i­tary job work­ing on sup­port equip­ment for air­craft, he said.

U.S. Coast Guard vet­eran Drew Dominguez said he picked up in­for­ma­tion on den­tal care to pass along to an­other vet­eran friend who lives in Phoenix. Dominguez is work­ing in North­west Ar­kan­sas cur­rently and lives in Ari­zona.

Back in­side, Birch Far­ley, out­reach spe­cial­ist for the Fayet­teville Vet Cen­ter, stood at his booth and ex­plained Post Trau­matic Stress Disor­der to a Viet­nam vet­eran. The cen­ter pro­vides read­just­ment coun­sel­ing ser­vice.

“If we can do any­thing for you — we do,” Far­ley said about veter­ans. “That’s what we do.”

Hub­bard said she hopes even­tu­ally to ex­pand the an­nual event to two days, not just Sat­ur­day, and add a job fair. Veter­ans de­serve the help and ser­vices, she said.

“We wouldn’t be here with­out [ veter­ans],” Hub­bard said. “We wouldn’t have free­dom with­out them.”

“We wouldn’t be here with­out [veter­ans]. We wouldn’t have free­dom with­out them.”

— Stephanie Hub­bard, event or­ga­nizer

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

John Hutchi­son (right) of Fayet­teville, a Marine Corps vet­eran, speaks Sat­ur­day with Jay Mer­gen­schroer, pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer with the U.S. De­part­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs’ Lit­tle Rock of­fice, while tak­ing part in a in­for­ma­tion fair dur­ing the third an­nual ben­e­fit for veter­ans at the Shel­ton Tucker Craft Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 27 in Fayet­teville. The event fea­tured mu­sic and food and serves as a fundraiser for lo­cal veter­ans.

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