Veterans resources available at Moving Wall
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- There are an array of resources all veterans can take advantage of at the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial throughout the week.
Many organizations focused on veterans have set up outside the Moving Wall this week to offer information and support. The different organizations are offering resources from learning more about health benefits, claims, and support services. Some of the resources available look to provide services regarding military trauma, suicide prevention, nursing home care, and other medical services. The Bath VA is one of these organizations on-site with their mobile service center. They also have a therapist at the wall offering mental health support to veterans who may be having a tough time.
“I think the connection between our Vietnam Vets and the VA has improved over the years,” Dawn Smith, Case Management Program Manager at the Bath VA, said. “We want to show that we are here to support them and their families in any way we can.”
American Red Cross also has a spot set up at Eldridge Park throughout the week. They will be offering information about financial assistance to all branches of the military, their families, and retired veterans.
“Besides the wall, the Red Cross has resource guides for Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler County for veterans, military, and family members to have a resource in case they need additional help,” Linda Conway, Board Member at American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter, said. "It's important to listen to their stories."
Chemung County's Department of Veterans Affairs was on hand answering questions on veteran benefits Thursday afternoon at the wall. Director Mike Murphy feels connecting veterans with the resources they need is the right way to give back.
“The World War Two generation had one failure, and that was they did not treat the vets of the Korean War and Vietnam War very well after those conflicts,” Murphy said. “Never will one generation of veterans leave another behind.”
Information about related services, resources, and other speakers visiting the Memorial can be found on our website.