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State Leaders Hold Veterans Town Hall Meeting at Columbia Basin College

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As Congress continues to investigate why it took some veterans so long to see a doctor, locally, state leaders want our veterans to understand they have resources they can use. As Congress continues to investigate why it took some veterans so long to see a doctor, locally, state leaders want our veterans to understand they have resources they can use.
PASCO, WA - As Congress continues to investigate why it took some veterans so long to see a doctor, locally, state leaders want our veterans to understand they have resources they can use. 

On Thursday, the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee put together a  veterans town hall meeting at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. At the meeting, state leaders stressed  to our vets - don't be afraid to ask for help. 

For the fiscal year 2012-2013, the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs filed 11,527 claims for compensation and pension benefits. 

The WDVA offers many services and programs, like providing emergency assistance to veterans who are experiencing a financial hardship. 

"We don't want to separate someone from the military and not connect them to all of the resources that they need to get to continue with their life. We have problems, you know, if they're not connected and they get out and there's no stability and I call it connecting the dots, you know, that person could be homeless," Committee Chair Owen McCurty told NBC Right Now.

The committee is going around the state to get the word out about the resources vets have to use. This was just the fourth of eight  town hall meetings throughout the state. 

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