The Veterans Affair Hospital in Charleston is hosting a “Welcome Home” event for veterans and active duty military to show their appreciation. Tonya Lobbestael is with the VA Hospital and says Wednesday’s event is to spotlight the nation’s heroes.
“Welcome Home is a health fair, job fair, we’re gonna have a kids zone. We’re gonna have basically a big party aboard the Yorktown, including free tours of the ship, for all veterans, all service members, and their families. And, it is our way, the VA’s way, of thanking them for their service” says Lobbestael.
Through the VA, each service member has health care benefits that Lobbestael says they want to make known.
“They have five years of eligibility for health care. And, here in Charleston that is especially important. We are number the two ranked VA across the country for the quality of our medical care. So, we want to reach out to these folks that are coming back, get a handle on any health issues they may have, and provide the services they need to readjust back into their normal lives,” says Lobbestael.
And the way they can do that is through the “Welcome Home” fair. Lobbestael explains the goal: “To thank those who have given so much of themselves to protect the nation’s freedom. We also want to reach out to them and let them know that we are here to provide the medical care and the services that they may need to return back to full, productive, civilian lives,” says Lobbestael.
“Welcome Home” is on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Wednesday from 2 to 7.