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Veterans fair set for Saturday

Colfax Veterans Memorial Hall site of one-day event
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A wealth of useful information will be offered at the first Veterans Resource Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Colfax Veterans Memorial Hall, 22 Sunset Circle. Lunch will be provided from 12 to 1 p.m. The event is open to all active-duty military, veterans, their families and significant others. It is hosted by Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and co-sponsored by Jess E. Taylor VFW Post 2003 and the Placer County Veterans Service Office. Multiple support organizations will be at the fair, with significant involvement by Placer County Health and Human Services. Trained staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding Medi-Cal and Cal Fresh (formerly known as the food stamp program), availability of physical and mental health services, and the Campaign for Community Wellness program, which focuses on community-based non-governmental services at primary care clinics. In addition, service providers such as The Soldiers Project, Gold Country Chaplaincy, Operation: MOM, Seniors First and Grief Spectrum will provide information regarding their professional services. Veterans should take with them their DD-214 military discharge form. The fair also offers an opportunity for veterans to learn about their local VFW posts and service organizations with opportunities for involvement. “My desire is to reach our veterans in the rural areas of District 5 to provide them with the much- needed resources and services they so deserve,” Montgomery said. In addition to Montgomery, guest speakers will include Veterans Service Officer Rick Buckman; Bobbi Park, CalVet Connect, California Department of Veterans Affairs; Page Brown, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist specializing in the treatment of military-related trauma; and Herb Whitaker, Managing Attorney for the Legal Services of Northern California. – Staff report