Veterans’ resource fair and town hall set for Thursday morning

The event will take place at the Huntsville VA clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 7:19 AM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 10:07 AM

Veterans will get a chance to see a series of resources available to them as well as questions at a two-hour forum Thursday morning.

The Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic will host a veterans' resource fair and town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon.

Representatives from the Veterans Benefits Administration, the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetary Administration will be on hand to answer questions from attendees as well as talk about VA initiatives.

The event comes a day after President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, was up on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing.

Among the topics, he was asked about his stance on moving towards the privatization of veterans' health care.

Wilkie said that he would not encourage privatization.

The VA's website also addressed the issue in a statement back in April:

"There is no effort underway to privatize VA, and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding Veterans’ health care."

Some of the groups and resources available include The Women’s Clinic, Suicide Prevention, Enrollment/Eligibility and Visiting Vietnam Wall.

Earlier this month, the VA released its updated National Suicide Data Report, which extends from 2005-2015.

In it, officials document that there were 20.6 suicides per day in 2015 among active-duty service members, non-activated Guardsmen or Reservists and other veterans. It's a slight decrease from the 20.8 deaths in 2014.

Of those in 2015, 3.8 deaths were active-duty service members, non-activated Guardsmen or Reservists.

Thursday's resource fair and town hall are open to the public.

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