Reynoldsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 is sponsoring a Community Health Safety Day that organizers hope will help residents and veterans learn more about the city's fire department, police department, local insurance companies and other essential services.
The event is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the VFW, 1420 S. Waggoner Road.
Service Officer Mike Moehl said the event will focus on health and safety, for community members and veterans, with organizations from different medical areas providing information about available services.
"We would also encourage veterans to bring their discharge papers with them, their DD214 papers, or their retirement papers," Moehl said. "We will have the Veterans Service Commission from Franklin County in to talk to them about state programs and we will have insurance companies providing information about gap insurance and the new Obamacare."
Moehl said the Veterans Service Commission is funded by property taxes collected in Franklin County.
"The commission can assist with veterans' claims and even utility bills, mortgage, rent, transportation and medical appointments and much more, in some cases," Moehl said.
He said refreshments will be available and the day will have "a little something for everyone."
"We will have tables with people giving out information and will have giveaways, such as from Children's Hospital," he said. "We will also be recruiting veterans for our post, especially auxiliary members, who would be daughters, sons and other bloodline relatives eligible for membership.
"I want to encourage widows of veterans to also come in and talk about what benefits might be available," he said.
Moehl said families should realize there are scholarship programs for dependents of honorably discharged veterans.
Community Health Safety Day is designed to provide as much information as possible about local health and safety programs and where to find information about essential services, Moehl said.
He said Post 9473 service officers provide information to help veterans get outpatient treatment or gain admission for inpatient care at Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. They also assist veterans and their families in filing for VA disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits.
Moehl said some veterans may not realize that the VA's organizations provide "a safety net" for families in many areas of need.
The VFW website is at vfwpost9473.org.