Free fair for veterans to be held Saturday
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jul 18, 2013 | 1624 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All military veterans and their families are invited to attend a free “Veterans Benefit Outreach Fair” sponsored by the local American Legion post at the Gilmer Civic Center on Saturday.

The event, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been publicized throughout East Texas and is expected to draw hundreds of veterans. American Legion R.E. “Peppy” Blount Post No. 320 of Gilmer is sponsoring the fair for the second straight year.

The Legion says counselors from numerous agencies which provide services to veterans and their families will be present to assist “with any questions, claims and basic benefits available.”

The event is intended to inform veterans of such available benefits as home and land loans, disability claims assistance, counseling, educational opportunities and jobs.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) and State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) are also scheduled to attend, the Legion said.

Scheduled to be present are counselors from the Veterans Administration, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas Workforce Commission, Lone Star Legal Aid, and other local and state agencies, the Legion said.

Several country and bluegrass Gospel music artists are also scheduled to perform, including East Mountain Bluegrass, Reynolds Family Band, Higher Trails Band, Mike Powell & John 3:30 Ministries, Mike Tucker & Friends Country Gospel, B.F. Waldron and Dorothy Hinman.

Also scheduled in conjunction with the fair are a car show, and an appearance by the Patriot Guard. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Jerry Holsworth, Second Vice Commander of the local Legion, at 903-399-2818 or Gilmer businessman Bobby Baker, a member of the Legion Post in Hughes Springs, at 903-720-2316.
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