VA Medical Center hosts 4th annual veteran car show

8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Saturday, October 07 2017 Oct 7, 2017 Saturday, October 07, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT October 07, 2017 in News
By: Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - VA Medical Center held its fourth annual car show in Columbia on Saturday. The car show has been a part of VA's welcome home event for the past four years. There were custom and stock motorcycles, vintage, classic and modern classes.
Public Affairs Officer Stephen Gaither said they have had welcome home events for nearly a decade.
"This is the fourth year that we've had a car show in conjunction to our welcome home event," Gaither said. "We've been doing welcome home events for almost a decade. It's to encourage returning combat veterans to know about their veterans benefits."
During the car show veterans can check their eligibility and sign up for health care benefits.
"We're trying to attract those who have just come home," Gaither said.
There was a $10 donation to enter a car in the show. The donation fees for entry help pay for prizes that the car show winners receive.
There are several health services that are available to veterans if they are eligible.
"Inpatient, outpatient, medicine, medical, surgical, rehabilitation, mental health services... all of those are available for the VA health system," Gaither said. "We take care of about 39,000 veterans from the mid-Missouri area. Nationwide the VA takes care of 9 million veterans. We're the largest integrated healthcare in the service."
Gaither says the VA appreciates the owners of the cars for their support.
"We just want to make sure that other eligible veterans who haven't availed themselves to that benefit come and take advantage of it.," Gaither said.
Veterans can check if they're eligible for benefits by visiting their website or any VA healthcare facility.  

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