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Veterans questions get answered at Veterans Training Summit

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Local veterans, getting their questions answered and their voices heard. Thursday was day-two in a three-day summit for local veterans.

The veterans training summit’s goal is to bring together the three branches of veterans’ affairs and other agencies to provide information to local veterans about their benefits and other VA services.

The summit is open to all veterans and links them to experts from various fields.

Terry Bentley works with the Office of Tribal Government Relations, and said native veterans have unique challenges when it comes to care under the VA.

Bentley said, "Native veterans serve in higher numbers than other ethnicities per capita. So while Native veterans may be smaller numbers in general in the United States, they serve in higher numbers in every war to this date. And yet they seek VA services the least"

Bentley said their partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe here in our area helps them reach a greater number of those native veterans.

The summit includes a mobile health unit so participants can get a check-up on the spot.

Kelly Golden is a blind rehabilitation specialist who knows what it’s like for veterans with vision problems.

"There's a lot of elderly people in the rural areas and when you have a vision impairment you may lose your ability to drive, so with my program I go into their homes and teach them in their homes, in their environment and also out in the community where they're actually functioning,” said Golden.

The summit concludes Friday. Breakfast is at 7:30, the program begins at 8:00a.m. Friday’s topics include women veteran benefits, UID-Vash program, a question and answer session and at 9:45 organizers will retire the flags, adjourn the summit, and wish everyone safe travels.

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