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Veterans Expo sheds light on resources available to area vets

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BECKLEY, WV (WVVA) -

A coalition of veterans support groups working to improve health care access of veterans in southern West Virginia held an event in Beckley Saturday.

An inaugural Veterans Expo in Beckley aims to help area vets find available resources.

"We coined the phrase that this ain't your daddy's V.A. and it's true.,” Creasman said.

Jim Creasman served three tours in Vietnam, and as co-chair of the Southern West Virginia Community Veterans Board he says the expo serves as a one stop shop for veterans.

"What we're trying to do is proselytize to get engaged in their health care benefits,” Creasman said. “We have the Huntington Benefits Center set up with electronic transmission of claims services.”

Dr. Javed Tunio is a cardiologist and the acting chief of staff for the Beckley V.A. Medical Center.

"Health care is changing over time,” Tunio said. “We want to make sure they're very well educated in terms of what we can do and what we are able to do for them."

Tunio says part of the V.A.'s mission is to adapt to the ever-changing needs of veterans.

“We sleep better because these veterans serve the country, and it's time to pay them back with the respect they deserve,” Tunio said.

Creasman said he was impressed by today's turnout and hopes the expo's success means it will become an annual event.

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