If you’ve served in the military, you’re probably a veteran entitled to veteran benefits. But are you receiving them?
Although there are nearly 11,000 veterans in Napa County, only 17 percent of them are receiving veterans benefits, said Patrick Jolly, veterans service officer with Napa County. Jolly is a veteran, too – he retired from the Navy after serving 20 years. With the help of other veterans and support from the county, Jolly holds a monthly one-stop-shop that showcases resources available for veterans.
During the “Vet Connect,” prior military members can find out if they are eligible for benefits, how to access those benefits and even get help in doing so. Jolly said many veterans don’t even realize they are eligible for benefits and don’t know what those benefits include.
“There are things available, probably things they didn’t even realize,” said Larry Jackson, a Vietnam veteran who volunteers his time every month to help out with the event. “I didn’t know anything was available for 30 or 40 years. I didn’t think anybody even cared.”
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