New veteran benefits discussed at VA town hall meeting Tuesday

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sarah Erickson

Veterans’ benefits ensure those who serve our country are cared for after their service ends, but information on navigating and accessing those benefits can be confusing.

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday to ensure veterans in the community know about what they’re entitled to, including newly added benefits.

“There has been a lot that has changed in the world of veterans benefits in the past few months,” said U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Montgomery Regional Office Director Cory Hawthorne. “This gives us the opportunity to get the word out about those changes, so we are very happy to be here and share that.”

Changes include new coverage for treatment of rhinitis, asthma and sinusitis, especially concerning veterans who served in the Middle East in the 1990s.

Veteran Willis Frazier said one of the biggest problems veterans face is a lack of information.

“Information is powerful,” Frazier said. “When I was in the Army, if you had information that other people needed you had power over them. The kicker is getting that information out to people who could use it.”

Frazier said he shares any information he learns from these town hall meetings with anyone who can’t access it.

“When we get information here, we take it back to our veterans community hoping that it will spread to those veterans who don’t have access,” Frazier said.

If you are a veteran looking for more information and assistance with your benefits, resources are available via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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