Belmont, CA – The San Mateo County Veterans Services Office, a program of the Human Services Agency, will convene dozens of local agencies, colleges, and community providers for the benefit of military personnel, veterans and their families.  The Open House and Resource Fair will take place at the American Legion Post 105 (651 El Camino Real) in Redwood City on June 2, 2017 from 10:00 am until 3:00 PM and will provide the opportunity to connect with providers of benefits and services, including the Palo Alto Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and the San Bruno VA Clinic, American Legion, Bay Area Legal Services, Private Defenders Program, Golden Gate University, College of San Mateo, Skyline College, local congressional and assembly representatives, and many more.

The Veterans Services Office (VSO), located at 550 Quarry Road in San Carlos, is open Monday through Friday to assist veterans access state and federal benefits that help veterans, their spouses and family members with disability compensation claims, pension claims, VA life insurance, VA burial benefits, VA home loans, and college fee tuition waivers for dependents, as well as referrals to home loans, vocational counseling, in-home care, clinical or medical services, and emergency assistance. Over the last 12 months, the VSO has assisted veterans in receiving over $4.2M in lump sum retro-active payments and over $567,000 in monthly awards through the VA claims process. The Veterans Services Office hopes to reach all 28,000 veterans and their families to assist them with accessing similar benefits and services. Since 2015, the County has also issued Veterans Identification Cards that validate the discharge status of a veteran and can be used at retailers that provide discounts or other rewards to veterans.

More information on San Mateo County Veterans Services can be found on the HSA website: http://hsa.smcgov.org/veterans

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