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Mobile Vet Center coming to county

The Veterans Administration knows that not everyone can get to the Erie Vet Center.

So a part of the Erie Vet Center is coming to Warren County via the Erie Mobile Vet Center.

It’ll be here on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lady Eagles Volleyball Cornhole Tournament and then again on Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Veterans and their families are invited to come and receive information on Vet Center services,” Kelly Riazzi, readjustment counselor, explained.

Riazzi and Tony Reitz, veteran outreach program specialist will “be available to discuss readjustment needs and to connect veterans to VA and community services,” Riazzi said.

“Most people who approach the vehicle are seeking information about the VA or the benefits to which veterans are entitled,” Riazzi explained. “Many are unaware of the Vet Center and the specialized populations that we treat. They quite often have benefits or VA care questions. We answer questions and/or refer them to resources that can help.”

The vehicle itself — it looks like an RV — is “equipped with a state-of-the-art communications package,” Riazzi said. “The vehicle also serves as part of the VA emergency response program.”

Warren County is part of a six-county region for Vet Center services which includes Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango as well as Ashtabula (Ohio).

Anyone with questions is asked to call the Vet Center, located at 240 W. 11 St. in Erie, at (814) 453-7955.

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