IF YOU GO
What: Veterans outreach event
What: Information for veterans on health, employment, jobs and benefits
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today
Where: 1250 Market St.
Who: Veterans and family or survivors
Bring: Discharge papers, marriage or death certificates, if applicable
Area veterans and their family members have the chance to ask questions on almost any veteran-related topic during today's annual veterans outreach.
Dan Paupp, director of the Chattanooga office of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, said counselors unite throughout the year with other groups to educate veterans on services, but this event strictly is focused on topics that pertain to them.
The department and state Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, are sponsoring the event.
Representatives from Chattanooga National Cemetery, Veterans Affairs, Palliative Care Services of Chattanooga and the Southeast Tennessee Career Center, among others, will be in attendance.
Chris Cole with the Southeast Tennessee Career Center said veterans seeking work can learn about networking opportunities, resources and resume tips for their job hunting. The employment landscape is different for many vets, he said.
"If you've just come back, and you've been away for four years; Chattanooga's changed," Mr. Cole said.
The center has veterans on staff who know how to help recently discharged military members best translate their experience for the job market, he said.
Mr. Paupp said the event usually draws 50 to 60 local veterans, but he's hoping that more will come to learn of both service-related and non-service-related benefits available for them and their families.