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VA hoping to get more East Valley veterans health care

PHOENIX -- Veteran Affairs is bringing extra help to veterans in the East Valley on Wednesday.

Alongside the America Legion, representatives from the VA will be at post 62 in Peoria, Ariz., helping vets get access to many services and benefits, some they might not even know they are eligible for.

"Veterans come out and have questions about women's health, or they have questions about a specific disability claim, or they might have questions about homeless services," said Phil Walls, public affairs specialist with the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

The VA has made several stops at American Legion posts across the Valley and Walls said they've helped about 400 veterans get access to services. He's hoping to help as many as they can between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"We hope that we can get a couple hundred out to come in and get connected to the services they've earned," he said.

Veterans will have access to services and benefits such as education, disability, loans, healthcare and more, Walls said. He said it's all about making these vets feel taken care of and appreciated.

"It's our way of getting out there and connecting with the community and supporting them, especially the veterans that we serve," said Walls.

Walls said no appointment is necessary and the post is located at 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.


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