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Erie VA Medical Center


Veteran Resource Fair & Town Hall

December 30, 2016

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12/30/2016 (Erie, PA) – Veterans and their families are invited to attend a FREE on-stop shop to learn about VA services and community resources available during the Veteran Resource Fair & Town Hall coming up Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Mount Jewett VFW & American Legion. 

During the Veterans Resource Fair, Veterans and their families to meet with a variety of VA and community resources including:

  • Erie VA Medical Center (VAMC) & McKean VA Clinic health experts – will provide:
    • FREE healthy venison-friendly stew samples & recipes from an Erie VA Dietitian
    • FREE blood pressure screenings & flu shots for Veterans eligible for VA services
  • Erie VA Eligibility & Enrollment representatives
  • Erie VAMC Behavioral Health Clinic staff – to provide information about mental health services
  • Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) representatives – to answer questions about benefits and/or claims
  • Erie Mobile Vet Center – to provide information about readjustment counseling available to combat Vets
  • McKean county & Community Veteran Service Officers – to assist Veterans in filing claims
  • Careerlink Representatives – to provide employment information
  • And more!

As part of the Veterans Resource Fair, Erie VAMC will also host a Veteran Town Hall from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Erie VAMC leadership will be on-site and available to answer questions, provide information, and, most importantly, to meet with Veterans face-to-face. 

Veterans who have never enrolled in VA healthcare are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD-214 service discharge papers and speak with an eligibility representative right on-site to see if you are eligible for VA services.  Veterans interested in speaking to a VBA representative or a county service officer about filing a claim should also bring a copy of their DD-214. 

The Veterans Resource Fair & Town Hall is proudly sponsored by the McKean County Veterans Service Office, the Erie VAMC, the Erie Vet Center, Careerlink, and the Mount Jewett VFW & American Legion. 

For more information about the event, please call Zach Pearson at 814-887-3241 or Byron Sutton at 814-363-9100. 

Common myths about enrolling for VA healthcare:

Erie VAMC and its community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) serve more than 21,000 Veterans, yet many Veterans still don’t know that they may be eligible for care.  We’d like to address some of the most common myths we hear about enrolling for VA health care so we can set the record straight.

  • Myth 1:  “I didn’t serve in combat/I wasn’t injured in the service, so I’m not eligible for VA health care.”  If you served in the military – even during peacetime – in the active military, naval, or air service, and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may quality for VA health care benefits.  Contact a VA Eligibility representative today.
  • Myth 2: “I don’t want to go to the VA because I want to save those appointments for those who really need it.”  Fact:  the more Veterans that use our services, the more funding and resources we receive so we can continue serving more and more Veterans.  You do not take away from another Veteran so see if you’re eligible today!
  • Myth 3: “I make too much money so I’ve never applied for VA care.” Fact:  it’s not all about income.  There are many other factors taken into consideration when applying for VA health care.  Other factors include having a service-related injury or illness (such as exposure to Agent Orange), when and where you served, if you are a former Prisoner of War, if you received a Purple Heart Medal, etc.  Don’t assume, speak with a VA eligibility representative today. 
  • Myth 4: “I want to go to the VA but I don’t want to lose my private health insurance.” Here’s some great news – assuming you are eligible for VA health care, you do not need to give up your private health insurance.  You can keep your own insurance and seek health care from the VA as well – the best of both worlds.
Bottom line:  if you have served in the military, you may be eligible for VA health care.  Take action today or stop by the Veteran Resource Fair with your DD-214!  Apply online at, in-person by stopping into the Erie VAMC Eligibility Office between the hours of 7:30a.m.-4:30 p.m. with your DD-214, or call 814-860-2970 or toll-free at 1-800-274-8387 to speak with an eligibility representative.