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New Location for Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition


PASCO, Wash. -- Although they've already been helping veterans at their new Pasco location for several weeks, the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition will have a Grand Opening on Friday.

The office is located in the Small Business Development Center at 1600 20th Avenue in Pasco. The Grand Opening event begins at 9 a.m.

Coalition organizers estimate there are hundreds of veterans in the Tri-Cities area who qualify for government benefits but are not receiving them. There has been a benefits officer in the area for several years, but the new facility will also offer counseling and mental health services.

"The transitional issues that a lot of veterans face are unknown to a lot of people and they're tough to explain in words",  says Geoff Smith, a veteran of the Iraq war and student intern at the coalition office.

"You don't really necessarily get a lot of the credit you feel you deserve for serving your country in the job seeking world, in the civilian side of it", said Smith. "They let you know what opportunities are out there".