The Quad Cities Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC) will be July 19 and 20 in Davenport, Iowa. The event brings VA, Veteran service organizations, community service providers and other government partners together to provide services, resources and information directly to Veterans and military families in their community.
“The VEAC set the gold standard taking care of Veterans. These action centers reduce anxiety and allow Veterans to cut to the chase and get the benefits they deserve,” said Dom, a U.S. Army Veteran attending a Veterans Experience Action Center in Goldsboro, North Carolina earlier this year.
Veterans and families will be able to file claims and receive decisions on site, obtain Veteran service organization representation, receive counseling services through the mobile Vet Center and learn about many other community resources.
Over the two days, more than 30 community partner organizations and dozens of VA staff will serve hundreds of Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors.
Services offered from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. include:
- VA benefits compensation and pension claims
- Wellness exams, on-site enrollment in VA health care benefits
- Social services, including caregiver support and home health care
- Mental health counseling and opioid safety education
- Homeless, low-income housing and vocational support services
- Volunteer and employment opportunities
- Vocational rehabilitation, loan guarantee and education services
- VA Mobile Vet Center
- VA national Cemetery Administration Memorial Benefits
- Services from community partners including: Information and referrals, legal services
- Resilience and preparedness information
Planning for this particular Veterans Experience Action Center started in May 2018 in collaboration with the Veterans Experience Office, the National Cemetery Administration, VA Regional Offices, Iowa City VA, the local Vet Center, two Community Veteran Engagement Boards, the Rock Island Arsenal, UnityPoint Health, the United Way, St. Ambrose University and many more.
”Veterans get lots of info, with claims, appeals and face-to-face time with a VBA rater. Even if the Veteran is denied they leave satisfied, knowing why and next steps, this (VEACs) should be the national model.”
Tresa, Air Force Veteran and DAV service officer
Feedback from those who attended Veterans Experience Action Centers to provide help, or from those who were there seeking information and assistance, is that often times Veterans and their families are unsure of what is out there as far as benefits and services and how to get them. Attending a Veterans Experience Action Center empowers Veterans with same day answers.
For more information on the Quad Cities Veterans Experience Action Center visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/316203322587430/.
The Veterans Experience Office is working alongside communities to plan several more Veterans Experience Action Centers including San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 4-6; and Cary, North Carolina, September 18-21, 2019.
If you are interested in supporting a VEAC in your community send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.