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Vets' support groups speak to local business leaders

June 17th, 2014 - 5:32am

(Port Angeles) – Clallam County is receiving high praise for its work with local veterans.

But those working with them, say there's still much more that can be done.

Representatives from a handful of groups involved in veterans' issues spoke to the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

They outlined efforts to get help for local vets ranging from helping vets and their families get benefits they deserve to providing health care at the local level, to transportation to VA Hospital services in Seattle.

Clallam County's veteran's coordinator says its a big job, since Clallam County has the highest per capita population of veterans in the state, with an estimated 16,000 Clallam County residents having served in the armed forces.

The area's annual “Veteran's Stand Downs” have drawn a lot of attention. Each year, vets are invited to come to the events held in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Forks. They're designed to provide a one-stop for health care, benefit services and even legal help. The local events have become so successful, they are now being used as a model nationwide for similar stand downs.

The groups are also interested in how the national VA scandal has effected local vets.

They've set a meeting for one pm. June 27th at the Clallam County Veterans Center for all who use VA services to discuss their experiences, whether good or bad.

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