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NEWS | May 1, 2012

Welcome Home targets vets seeking jobs, VA benefits

By Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center public affairs

The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center will host Welcome Home 2012, for all veterans, active-duty service members and their families aboard the USS Yorktown May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event features a job fair with more than 85 employers sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. There will also be a health fair sponsored by the VA and onsite enrollment for VA healthcare and benefits. Other partners include the Vet Center's Mobile Outreach Unit and representatives of the Riverdogs baseball team who will give away tickets to their Military Appreciation Night.

"Our Welcome Home is an excellent opportunity for the VA and the community to thank all of our veterans for serving their country and welcome home our returning service members," said Carolyn Adams, Ralph H. Johnson VAMC director.

Last year more than 450 veterans and their family members attended the event. At Welcome Home they found information and resources to assist them in transitioning back into the community following deployments. The event also included dozens of employers from throughout the Lowcountry, VA healthcare and benefits experts, area college representatives and a VA health fair featuring screenings and information on topics like post traumatic stress and women's health.

Welcome Home 2012 is free to all veterans, active duty service members and their families who present a veteran or military I.D. card or DD-214.