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Veterans Opportunity Center, held its Veteran’s Appreciation Fair 2017

This year veteran’s opportunity center partnered with over 60 agencies to help our local veterans

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Veterans Opportunity Center, held its Veteran’s Appreciation Fair and stand down registration in Kennewick on Thursday, giving men and women a hand up not just a hand out.

Hundreds of veterans came out to this year's stand down veteran’s benefit fair at Southridge Forth Complex.

From jobs, counseling, and health services being offered opportunities many vets didn't know where available.

Veteran, Eugene Lamm said, “Were never taught what these services are or what is available to us as were exiting the service so this is meant to open their eyes and minds to what is available to them.”

Local veteran, Ray Ruddles said after being turned down for hearing aids it was here were he got help.

He said, “I waited almost 30 years and then I went in to appeal and he did it in a matter of months, boom, boom, boom.”

For many veterans the transition in reaching out can be difficult however a support network can be found here.

Veteran, Amanda Cervantez said, “being here it shows that there are a lot of people in your area that will hang out with you they will have a drink, meal or someone to talk to there are people here, you can do it.”

This year veteran’s opportunity center partnered with over 60 agencies to help our local veterans.

Cervantez said, “By having employment services here a lot of veterans who come out they don’t know what to do with themselves or realize that the jobs that they did in the military transfer.”

This event wasn't just a one-time opportunity, local veterans are encouraged to reach out for help throughout the year.

If you're a veteran who might need help finding a job, getting a place to live or other services, Click here.

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