Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and the Columbia Vet Center are traveling Mid Missouri this month, providing help to veterans in need of counseling. The mobile vet unit will be coming to Eldon on Thursday, July 18th, from 9am until 1pm.

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and the Columbia Vet Center are traveling Mid Missouri this month, providing help to veterans in need of counseling. The mobile vet unit will be coming to Eldon on Thursday, July 18th, from 9am until 1pm.

They will be set up at the Eldon VFW Post 2442 on VFW Road outside of Eldon. The mobile resource unit provides vets with PTSD counseling, as well as military sexual trauma, bereavement, family, and marital counseling. Information on VA benefits, and suicide prevention programs will also be available. One does not have to be a member of the VFW organization to receive help. VFW staff will be on hand to sign up those wishing to join the organization.

District 2 Post Commander Ric Depontee advises that there are many benefits available to veterans through VFW and the Veterans Administration. With the VA, World War II era Veterans may qualify for health care and compensation benefits if they were exposed to ionizing radiation during military service. Health care services include an Ionizing Radiation Registry health exam and clinical treatment at VA's War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers. They may also be entitled to disability compensation benefits if they have certain cancers as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation during military service. “We also lobby for legislation regarding benefits on these veterans behalf” Depontee adds.

Depontee oversees District 2, which includes the entire lake area, Eldon, Iberia, Crocker, and Dixon.