First at Four: Benefit Action Center aimed at helping vets

First at Four: Benefit Action Center aimed at helping vets

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - District 9 of the American Legion is holding a Veteran's Benefit Action Center this week.

Vets and their dependents who have questions about their Veteran's Administration claims, appeals and health care can get assistance from VA representatives. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the American Legion Post 10 headquarters on 702 Pine Grove Drive in Wilmington. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tom Cerniglia with District 9 of the American Legion joined Ashlea Kosikowski on Tuesday's First at Four to discuss the action center and how it can help veterans.

"Service, that's what the American Legion is all about," said Cerniglia, the commander for District 9, which is comprised of 19 Legion posts located in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Johnson counties. "We exist to help each and every veteran, their families and the communities they live in within the Southeast North Carolina geographic area."

Disability compensation claims information, other VA entitlements like home loan guarantee, education, pension, etc., and assist vets who are interested in enrolling in the VA Healthcare system will also be discussed. Veterans should bring their military separation papers (DD Form 214) and any relevant correspondence from the VA.

The three-day event will include concessions and community based organizations that provide support to vets. Collaborating partners to date include the NC Division of Veterans Affairs, County Veteran's Services from surrounding counties and officials from the Veterans Benefits Administration and Veteran's Health Administration.

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