On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, an appreciation event to honor recently returned combat Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), and Operation Inherent Reserve (OIR) Veterans, active duty service members, and their families, including Veterans of prior wars. This event was sponsored by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center along with its Community Partners providing a one-stop venue to offer VA health care and benefits information and assistance, employment, medical care information, housing counseling, and community resources to new enrollees and recently returned Veterans.
The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. Veterans’ service officer Constance A. Burns and SFC Tonia M. Chestnut, U.S. Army and NAAV Advisor, participated in this yearly event to provide benefits and medical care information to attendees. An estimated 115 attendees were present at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Morale, Welfare & Recreation Gym, Bldg. 17, First Floor to participate in this appreciation event.
Others agencies and nonprofit organizations included the Social Security Administration; Paws for Purple Hearts Program Assistant of Virginia; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars, DC VA Medical Center Transition and Care Management Team; DC VA Medical Center Eligibility and Primary Care Team; VA eBenefits; VA’s Veteran Employment Services; Hire Heroes USA; Operation Home Front, VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC); and the American Red Cross.
Special thanks to Elsie Moore, LICSW, Program Manager, Transition and Care Management DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and staff for their hard work and dedication in support of our active duty service members and Veterans nationwide.