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Town hall events scheduled for Cambria County veterans

Tribune-Democrat - 12/23/2017

Dec. 23--The Cambria County Veteran Affairs Office has scheduled seven upcoming town hall events throughout the county to reach out to veterans and inform them of the benefits available through the Veterans Administration.

"Educating our community about how the VA works and what may, or may not, be available is a huge part of what we're trying to accomplish," said Josh Hauser, the county's director of Veteran Affairs. "Doing this type of outreach helps us spread the word across the county."

Tom Chernisky, president county commissioner, said the goal is to maximize the availability of the Veteran Affairs office and to "bring that information right into our various communities to make it as easy as possible for people to have access to it."

Veterans, their family members or surviving spouses can attend. Organizers said there are different criteria for different benefits, each with individual circumstances.

The town hall dates, times and locations are as follows:

--2:30 to 4 p.m.Jan. 3, Patton Public Library, 444 Magee Ave, Patton.

--2 to 3:30 p.m., Jan. 12, 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

--2 to 3:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Ashville Fire Department, 127 Pine St.

--2:30 to 4 p.m., Jan. 31, St. Michael Fire Department, 849 Locust St.

--2:30 to 4 p.m., Feb. 2, Richland Fire Department, 1321 Scalp Ave.

--4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 13, Nanty Glo Public Library, 942 Roberts St.

--2:30 to 4 p.m., Feb. 23, Portage Public Library, 704 Main St.

For more information, contact the Cambria County Veteran Affairs Office at

472-1590.

Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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