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For the fourth year in-a-row, Dr. Melissa Jarrell will open up her office to Howard County veterans for a free day of dental services on September 8, 2017.  The program, called Smile for Vets, will offer dental cleanings, health screenings, limited dental exams, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene instructions, and periodontal maintenance to the first 100 veterans.  The line will begin at 7:00 a.m., so veterans are encouraged to come early and bring a chair. Veterans are asked to bring a Veteran ID Card and picture ID. Doors open at 9:00 a.m., and dental services will be offered until 5:00 p.m.

In addition, hot dogs and apple pie will be served. Dr. Jarrell’s office is located at the Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 5111 Clinton Ave., Kokomo, IN 46902.  For more information call 765-453-4369. 

Two veteran benefit events will be held in Trenton, Missouri, next month.  A Vet Center Counselor will provide free confidential help to veterans and family of active duty military at Trenton VFW Post 919, September 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. in the morning to 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Topics discussed will include stress management, post traumatic stress disorder, and marriage counseling.  No information about who attends will be given to anyone.  A Veterans Service Officer will also be present at the VFW Post to help with Veterans Affairs paperwork.  Veterans may bring VA paperwork as well as military separation paperwork with them.  A Veterans Service Officer will also be available to help with VA paperwork at the Trenton Hy-Vee location September 11, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Exploring Veteran Benefits” is the topic of a seminar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society — Willow Wind, 3191 Aster Drive, Prescott, Arizona.  Bill Smith from the American Patriot Service Corp will provide a free seminar to discuss how VA benefits can provide financial aid to offset the costs of assisted living for wartime veterans and their spouses.  Refreshments will be provided.  Call 928-443-9999 for more details.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8385 in Kingsland, Georgia, will host a September 30, 2017, ceremony to award 50th anniversary pins to Georgia veterans who served during the Vietnam war. Those who qualify will receive the Defense Department’s commemorative lapel pin and a state certificate of honor recognizing their military service during the war.  The ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2017, at the VFW Post home at 150 North Camden Woods Parkway in Kingsland, Georgia.  The deadline to register for the pin and ceremony is September 15, 2017.  For more information about the program and other veteran benefits contact Terry Dickson at 912-264-0405.

Experts will be on-site to help veterans unsure of how to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), at the American Legion Peace Arch Post 86 in Birch Bay on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The team at American Legion Post 86 is partnering with the Whatcom County Veteran Navigators to host a free VA Benefits Fair for all members of the public. The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive, Birch Bay, WA 98230.  For more details call 360-371-7311.

Information on alternative treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be available during the monthly Veteran Appreciation Breakfast, set for 8:30 a.m., September 16, 2017, at Lake Avenue Baptist Church, 1345 Lake Ave., Pueblo, CO. Chris Carter from Devil Dog Crossfit will share on the benefits of yoga and on a veteran support group.  This is a free monthly breakfast for veterans to thank them for their service to the country. There also will be information about other local resources for veterans.  The church welcomes those who wish to volunteer to help with the event. Call 719-542-0113 for more information or if you need a ride.

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