Veterans fair offers help, hope

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Several hundred men and women visited Hudson Gardens Sept. 21 to check out the booths at this year’s veterans fair, promoted by radio station KEZW.

Booths offered a wide range of information, ranging from informing those who served in the military of their veterans’ benefits to booths staffed by representatives of companies offering legal, medical and educational services.

Near the entrance, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences had a booth. Students and staff members from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus offered free blood tests and bone density tests.  

Todd Redman, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, said he decided to visit the fair after hearing about it on the radio

“I’ve been having some stress issues, my blood pressure has been up, but today it is normal and that is good news,” he said. “I am glad I came today. There is so much information available here today. I sort of knew about veterans’ benefits, but today I really learned a lot that will help me in the future.”

He said he also talked to representatives of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars about their organizations.

“I’m not much of a joiner but I might make an exception this time,” the Arapahoe County resident said.

A short distance away, representatives of the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight had a booth. Littleton resident Harvey Stockton, a World War II Army veteran, talked to the group about possibly being included in one of the flight’s upcoming trips taking World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.

Englewood resident Norma Weir was among those attending the fair seeking information.

“We have a friend who served in Afghanistan and was wounded,” she said. “He doesn’t want help, but I learned so much today that may help him. I also learned more about the policies at Fort Logan. It was time well spent and I am really glad I came.”

Army veteran Ed Winters, who served in Korea, also attended the fair.

“This was a good turnout and there was a lot of information available here today,” he said. “I got some information today that helped me. For example, I thought Fort Logan was full, but I found out they have added more land.”

The event was winding down about noon, and Kerry Attridge, who works in registration at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said she felt her booth was able to provide a lot of information to veterans.

“We had about 40 veterans who took applications for service at the hospital,” she said. “I don’t think any of those individuals knew about the fact they were entitled to treatment at our facility.”

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