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2012-06-14

Center opens in Kerrville to serve Hill Country veterans

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The Hill Country Veterans Center (HCVC), at 411 Meadowview Lane in Kerrville, hopes to serve all Hill Country veterans with a place to relax and unwind and a place to find help with their problems. It serves as the headquarters of the Hill Country Veterans Alliance, whose member organizations share the facilities and make their unique services available to our veterans.

The HCVC will serve the 30,000 veterans in Kerr and surrounding counties. "Many do not know where to turn to get help," said a spokesman. "Older veterans need help as they age and new problems surface.

Younger veterans are not familiar with how to get care and file disability claims. The center will assist with every aspect of getting them into the system and having their claims filed properly."

Certified Veterans Counselors will be available will assist in preparing claims, check on the progress of claims, advise veterans of their benefits, and help them get started at the VA hospital for care.

The center will also provide storage and meeting spaces, telephone and internet service, and a permanent mailing address for various veterans' organizations that do not have a permanent home.

Organizations that have already joined the HC Veterans Alliance include: Military Veteran Peer Network, Hill Country Veterans Council, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 863, Disabled American Veterans Chapter8, AmVets Post 1000, Hill Country Honor Guard 40 and 8 Voiture 1055, American Legion Post 208, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1480, Women Veterans Coalitions, Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Facilities that will be shared among all groups allied with the center are planned to include the following as time and money permit: meeting rooms, conference rooms, lounge with vending machines, children's playground, outdoor porch/patio, video games, barbecue cooking smoker, RV parking for visiting veterans and vegetable garden.

Suggestions for additional projects are welcome.

The Alliance will be reaching out to the community for donations and grants to help in their plans to remodel and outfit the former National Guard Armory.

For more information, contact Gary Noller, HCVA, at 830-377-8115.