UP Veteran Community Action Team meets for fall conference

ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - A conference in Ishpeming Monday aimed to strengthen the support network for Upper Peninsula veterans. The Upper Peninsula Veteran Community Action Team held its fall conference at the Ishpeming Armory.

About 65 people attended. Anybody in the U.P. that has an interest in helping veterans get services they need was invited.

Frank Lombard, the Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator for the Michigan Veterans Association Agency and the Michigan Association of Counties, says one goal of the day was to clear up questions about the Veterans Choice Program. It's a temporary benefit that allows eligible Veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.

"Most of the VA town halls have had a lot of comments from veterans about the challenges they face with the Choice Program, so opportunities to share information like this today help the service providers give clear information to the veterans who come and ask questions," said Lombard.

Other sessions focused on veteran homelessness, VA home loans and service dogs.

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