American Legion Post 86 hosts benefits fair

Experts will be on-site to help veterans unsure of how to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), at the American Legion Peace Arch Post 86 in Birch Bay on Saturday, September 16.

The team at American Legion Post 86 is partnering with the Whatcom County Veteran Navigators to host a free VA Benefits Fair for all members of the public. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 86, located at 4580 Legion Drive in Birch Bay.

American Legion Post 86 hosted a similar event about six months ago. This time around, the Legion is offering expert assistance to veterans who have questions about disability ratings, existing benefits, applying for benefits and more, said service officer James Brown. Organizers encourage participants to bring their DD Form 214/military discharge papers, if possible.

The American Legion is the largest national nonprofit organization serving wartime veterans in the United States. Locally, American Legion Post 86 offers guests food, drink and live music throughout the year. Post 86 has served the community since 1922.

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