Veterans living in eastern Whatcom County will be able to get help closer to where they live beginning Monday, July 22 - saving them travel to Bellingham for services.
That's because the Whatcom County Veterans Assistance Program is expanding its services to the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center in Kendall.
The effort is a partnership of Whatcom County, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, and the Opportunity Council.
"There are a lot of veterans that live in the east county," said Liz Witowski, veterans services specialist with the Whatcom County Health Department.
Going east will help low-income veterans who don't have money for transportation, have a hard time getting to Bellingham because of limited bus service, or don't like visiting Bellingham or cities much.
"We're bringing the services to the client population," Witowski said. "We're going with ease of ability for clients to reach us."
She encouraged veterans to come in. "A lot of our vets don't realize that they qualify for benefits."
Possible services include health care, disability compensation, education benefits and employment help.
Veterans can get help enrolling in services on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road near Mount Baker Highway.
Veterans are asked to bring their release from active duty papers (DD-214) if available.
Call 360-715-7453 to make an appointment; walk-ins also are welcome.
For more information, call the Whatcom County Veterans Assistance Program office at 360-715-7453.
Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.