AKRON, OH - On August 1st from 12-4:00 pm, Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) will be hosting veterans’ mobile office hours at the Don Umerley Center, 21016 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River 44116.
At this event, veterans can learn about and sign up for local, state, and federal benefits. If a veteran needs their DD-214, service medals, service treatment records, personnel file, or a copy of their VBA file, staff will be on hand to assist in filing these requests.
The Cleveland Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) will be able to check the status of a claim, complete an intent to file, and talk with veterans about their claim. They will also be able to assist in filing a compensation or pension claim. This provides an opportunity for veterans to speak directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding service compensation. Students needing assistance with the Montgomery GI Bill or having education benefits questions can speak with Ohio’s Veterans’ Affairs Education Liaison Representatives.
The National Cemetery Administration will be on hand 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 Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) will have staff on hand to determine eligibility for healthcare benefits and answer health care questions.
The Cuyahoga County Veterans’ Service Commission will be on hand to assist veterans with county and state benefits. If a veteran has a question concerning any earned benefit, one of the subject matter experts will be present to assist them.
The American Red Cross, Small Business Administration, VetCenter, Adaptive Home Services, Veterans’ of Foreign Wars and many other vendors will be on hand to provide information and assistance.
Congressman Renacci’s 2017 mobile outreach events had an attendance of approximately 550. The VARO had 208 veterans fill out a compensation claims, pension claims or receive assistance on their claim. From the awards, over $1 million dollars in annual economic benefit has been provided to the veterans through increased compensation or awarded compensation and is expected to double upon completion of all claims filed. For VA Medical, the organization made 79 contacts (information or applications) and 41 individuals have applied for healthcare that have never received it. These 41 enrollments will lead to an annual infusion of $246,000 ($6,000 per veteran) to the Northeast Ohio VA Medical System. There is also the economic and personal value to the 41 veterans who now have healthcare.
Questions regarding veteran benefits and the Strongsville Mobile Office Hours can be directed to Bryan Bowman, email@example.com, at Congressman Jim Renacci’s Wadsworth office, 330-334-0040.