Feb 13 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) announced his office will be hosting a veterans’ mobile office hours and assistance event at Shreve American Legion Post 67, which is located at 10094 Shreve Road, Shreve, Ohio 44676. The event will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22nd. The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO), National Cemetery Administration, and the Wayne County Veterans’ Service Commission will join Congressman Renacci’s veterans’ staffers.
VAMC will have staff on hand to determine eligibility for healthcare benefits and answer health care questions. Fewer than 30% of veterans in Wayne County are signed up for VA healthcare, and many are eligible but are not aware of the benefits available to them. VARO will be present to assist with claims questions and will be able to pull up the status of a claim and talk with veterans about it. They will also be able to assist in filing a compensation or pension claim.
The National Cemetery Administration will be available to assist with pre-need eligibility and national cemetery questions. In 2016, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs began issuing pre-need determination letters to assist veterans with their pre-need arrangements. The Wayne County Veterans’ Service Commission will assist veterans with county and state benefits.
My staff will also be present to promote the Veterans’ History Project and answer federal benefits questions. If a veteran has a question concerning any earned benefit, one of the subject matter experts will be present to assist them.
Wayne County is home to 7,711 veterans. Of those, 1,215 are receiving disability compensation, and 110 are receiving a disability pension. The median income for a Wayne County veteran is $33,193. To meet the income thresholds for cost-free health care, medications and/or beneficiary travel eligibility, a single veteran in Wayne County must have income below $34,650. There are just under 2,000 Wayne County veterans signed up for VA healthcare, and several thousand more may be eligible based on income.
Renacci has represented the 16th district of Ohio since 2011 and sits on the Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.