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Rep. Gonzalez hosts Veterans Resource Tour in Strongsville focused on lesser-known veterans benefits

U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) will host his third Veterans Resource Tour event in Strongsville on Thursday, August 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to connect veterans to lesser known programs available through the state and federal government, including grants for disabled veterans to make their homes handicap accessible. Additional information on benefits such as the homestead exemption to save money on property taxes and free driver’s licenses, license plates and hunting and fishing licenses will also be available.

A wide range of programs are available for qualifying service members with VA-rated disabilities, Purple Heart recipients, Medal of Honor awardees, former Prisoners of War, and others, but many service-connected veterans are not aware they may qualify for these programs. Navigating veterans’ benefits is too often a maze of paperwork and unknown opportunities, which is why Rep. Gonzalez has launched his resource tour to streamline the process and bring commonly needed resources to guide veterans through the process.

WHAT: Veterans Resource Tour – Strongsville

WHERE: Strongsville VFW Post 3345, 17900 Strongsville Blvd, Strongsville, OH 44149

WHEN: August 15 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In addition to the resources listed above, veterans will have the opportunity to learn about new and urgent care benefits that are now available through the MISSION Act to veterans enrolled in VA health care including new telehealth resources and urgent care access. Veterans can also learn about and sign up for local, state and federal benefits with assistance on hand to receive their DD-214, service medals, service treatment records, personnel files, or a copy of their VBA file, among other resources.

Constituents will also have the chance to sign up to participate in Rep. Gonzalez’s Veterans History Project with the Library of Congress to preserve their stories as part of our nation’s history and meet with members of Rep. Gonzalez’s staff about issues they may be having with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Cleveland Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO), National Cemetery Administration, Northeast Ohio VA Medical Center and Cuyahoga County Veterans’ Service Commission will also be on hand to assist with a range of items from compensation and pension claims to earned and untapped health care resources and benefits.

Importantly, veterans will also be able to obtain a Veterans Document Identification Card through the Cuyahoga County Veterans’ Service Commission for just $1. To receive a card, veterans will need to bring a copy of their DD-214 and present one form of identification from the following: a valid driver’s license, certified birth certificate, Social Security card, a valid United States passport, a valid conceal & carry permit, or an identification card from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. One of the forms of identification must be a photo ID.

Constituents with questions about the event should call Rep. Gonzalez’s Canton office at 330-599-7037.
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