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Veterans, military support fair on Nov. 8

LIHU‘E — Everyone is invited to the Kaua‘i Veterans Support Resources event that will be available statewide on Nov. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Veteran Center.

People on any island, or parts of Kaua‘i, are able to tune in for the presentations by responding online to bit.ly/kvsr2023 for the Zoom link to join while on lunch break, in the office, home or pau hana.

On Kaua‘i, people are invited to attend in-person for free at Kaua‘i Veterans Center on Veterans Memorial Highway for the presentations, resource tables and JBPHH VA Benefits Advisors, who will share a variety of information, including how to access health,care benefits, mental health and wellness programs and services, and suicide prevention trainings.

Attendees checking out the event in-person can stop and visit each table for candy, sit and talk in-person with the experts handling the station, ask questions in-person, set appointments, and pick up information and resource materials from any of the event partners.

The umbrella of partners include Kaua‘i Veterans Council, Hawai‘i State Fusion Center, Cohen Clinic at Child and Family Service, VA Pacific Islands Health Care, Kaua‘i Community College Veterans Support Center, Wounded Warrior Project, Prevent Suicide Kaua‘i Task Force, Prevent Suicide Hawai‘i Task Force and others.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Patricia Wistinghausen, co-chair for the Prevent Suicide Kaua‘i Task Force. “This free gathering is a wonderful way to strengthen our veterans community and get engaged; like by joining one of the many Kaua‘i veterans organizations that’s listed at www.kauaiveteranscenter.org. Participating in this event empowers our communities locally, and statewide, to learn how anyone can help the veterans in their lives become connected to supportive resources.”

She added, “This is all about letting our veterans and military families know that they’re not alone, and that they don’t have to figure things out on their own. It’s about introducing them to the organizations, locally, who can help them navigate and access the benefits they’ve earned, and utilizing the programs that exist to care for and honor them for their service and sacrifice.”

To register for the Zoom link, visit bit.ly/kvsr2023. For presentation details, partner contact information and downloadable resources, visit www.PreventSuicideKauai.org.
Source: The Garden Island

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