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Veteran resource fair planned for Prineville

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Saturday event in Stryker Park intended to connect local veterans with helpful services


To connect more local veterans with the service available to them, personnel from the Veterans Services Office are taking a one-stop shopping approach.

This Saturday, veterans and their families are invited to come to Stryker Field to meet with a host of service organizations, enjoy some food and live entertainment.

The effort is spearheaded by Tom Massingham, a retired first sergeant who served for 22 years and now volunteers at the Veterans Services Office, and Kimberly Phillip, one of the Crook County’s veteran services officers.

“In March of this year, our committee was discussing the possibility of disseminating more information out to our veterans and how would we do that,” Massingham explained.

The idea of veterans resource fair born and work quickly began on the event.

“In April, we had acquired quite a list of names of vendors that could possibly support and provide information to our veterans,” Massingham said. “We have quite a selection of people coming to provide support to our veterans.”

Phillip, during her years of service at the Veterans Services Office, can vouch for how critical such services can be for local veterans.

“I have had the honor of seeing firsthand how a life can change by taking advantage of these resources that are available,” she said.

Services exist for health care, and homeless veterans support programs and benefits for veterans struggling with mental health issues are available if veterans know where to access them. Phillip also notes that tax-free federal dollars are available by of non-service connected pension or service connected disability compensation.

“This is a very life-changing thing,” she remarked.

During the fair, Massingham said that veterans and their families are encouraged to visit each table, all of which will be organized under a large tent, and find out exactly what services they can provide.

While the event’s focus is the resources, veterans and their families can also plan to bring their appetite and expect to have a fun outing.

“We will be providing cheeseburgers and hamburgers free of charge to veterans and their families,” Massingham noted. Cooking those burgers is none other than Crook County Judge Mike McCabe.

“Hopefully, we will have numerous forms of entertainment,” Massingham continued. “It is just going to be a good, fun family time.”