May 14, 2010
Officials in attendance will provide guidance in the areas of healthcare, home loans, education, benefits, and disability and compensation, as well as address any specific personal issues veterans may be facing. Veterans, military service personnel and family members are encouraged to attend and participate.
A town hall meeting is scheduled for May 18th in Ketchikan and will be held at the American Legion Post #3 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
After these town hall meetings, the AVAC, a group of 13 veterans from across the state appointed by current and past governors, will relay concerns and questions to the Joint Alaska State Legislative Veterans' Caucus and the State of Alaska Veterans Affairs office. This information will be used to establish agenda items for the annual Veterans Summit June 24 in Wasilla. The Veterans Summit brings together a large number of key veterans who assist state legislators in establishing changes that affect veterans in Alaska.
A final report will be presented to the Alaska State Legislature Joint Armed Services Committee and the governor in February 2011.
Other town hall meetings currently scheduled are: May 14: Bethel, City Council Chambers, 3:00 5:00 PM and May 22: Mat-Su Valley, Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Meetings for additional communities are in the works. However, if a town hall forum does not take place in a particular community, surveys will be sent to local veteran organizations. Veterans are encouraged to complete the surveys to ensure their concerns are relayed.
At 77,000 veterans, Alaska is home to more veterans per capita than any other state.
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