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Veteran Benefits Explored and Explained

  

The men and women who serve in the military are rightly eligible for a variety of benefits, both while on active duty and after. Benefits for veterans and their families cover a wide range, from health care and education to business loans and life insurance. But finding what services are available, and whether or not a veteran or dependent is eligible, can be a difficult task, many aren’t aware some benefits even exist.  Joining us to discuss veteran benefits is Marianne Plummer, Operation Enduring Freedom patient advocate for the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and Terri Ruggerie, MyHealtheVet coordinator.

Tuesday, April 15, the Cincinnati VA Medical Center is holding an informational event, “Your Day at the VA,” with experts on-hand to answer questions about benefits and services available to veterans and their families.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS FOR VETS:

Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255

Homeless Veteran Line 877-424-3838

Vet Center Combat Call Center 877-927-8387

VA Healthcare Eligibility 513-861-3100 ext. 6499

Veterans Benefit Administration 800-827-1000

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.