Stand By Me

LGBT veterans are invited to the VA benefits fair, “Stand Down,” at The Village, Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10am to 3pm.

BY VICTOR MELAMED

The LA LGBT Center is inviting LGBT veterans to learn and sign up for the benefits they earned while serving our country. The VA benefits fair—“Stand Down”—will take place at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza on 1125 N McCadden Place in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10am to 3pm.

Veterans age 50 and older will have the opportunity to talk directly with VA staff members, learn about benefits for which they may be eligible, and begin the application process. The specific benefits for which they quality depend on many factors and vary greatly.

According to the VA, benefits may include: health care; pension compensation for vets who were injured during service; survivors’ benefits for the spouse, child(ren) or parent(s) of a service member who died during his or
her service; housing; VA-guaranteed home loans; financial support for education; low-cost life insurance, employment services such as job training; and burial services.

The Center’s work to support LGBT veterans has impacted many lives. Today, more than 19% of the vets who are active with the Center’s Senior Services program report receiving VA benefits.


 

For more information call 323-860-5830. RSVP at: lalgbtcenter.org/standdown.

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