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August 2008                                                                                              

   Tarrant County Veterans Services                                                                Veterans Benefits Fair
                   “Proudly Serving America’s Veterans”
    Tarrant County veterans and their survivors may not be aware of a free                         The Tarrant County Veterans Service
benefit that was created just for them – the Tarrant County Veterans Service                   Office will be sponsoring a Veterans
Office. The Office is an advocate agency established by the County to assist                   Benefits Fair on Saturday, August 23,
veterans and/or their survivors obtain entitled benefits from the federal                      from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in at the Resource
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the State of Texas – free of charge!                  Connection’s Conference Center located at
    The staff is not associated with the DVA in any way, and is dedicated                      2300 Circle Drive in Fort Worth.
to working specifically for Tarrant County veterans and their survivors.
                                                                                                   The fair is open to all veterans as well
The office has trained counselors who assist clients with the submission of
disability compensation claims, non-service connected pension claims (for                      as survivors and dependents of veterans
low income, disabled, war-time veterans only), widow’s pension claims (for                     and will have representatives from agencies
widows of deceased ,low income, war-time veterans only), as well as aid and                    that provide or deal with veteran’s benefits
attendance claims. The pension and aid and attendance claims, if approved                      such as VA benefit counselors specializing
by the DVA, may be especially beneficial for veterans and widows who are in                    in compensation, pension, healthcare,
nursing homes or assisted living facilities.                                                   education, burial, home loans, vocational
    The Tarrant County Veterans Service Office will complete all of the claim                  rehabilitation, mental health and women
forms, assist with obtaining necessary documents needed for the claim, and                     veteran issues.
mail the claim to the DVA’s office in Waco, all free of charge. The Tarrant
County Veterans Service Office offers assistance with many other types of
DVA and State of Texas benefits as well.
    In addition to their main office at 1200 Circle Drive, Suite 300, Fort Worth,
                                                                                                      Veterans Benefits
they are also available for assistance in Hurst at the Northeast Sub-Courthouse                       Fair Participants
on Tuesdays from noon to 3:30 p.m.; in Arlington at the Tarrant County
Human Services Office (in the Town North Shopping Center) every Tuesday
from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; in Fort Worth at the Charles S. Griffin Sub-Courthouse on                 Department of Veterans Affairs:
Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.; and at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth from                    • Compensation & Pension Benefits
noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.                                                                    • Healthcare Eligibility Personnel
    They can be reached at 817-531-5645 and more information about their                        • Mental Health Psychologist,
office can be viewed at their webpage at, click                             Fort Worth Mental Health Center
Departments, then Veterans Services.                                                            • Operation Iraqi & Enduring Freedom Coordinator
                                                                                                • Vocational Rehabilitation Office
Consistent high temperatures can cause heat injuries                                            • Education Benefits Personnel (GI Bill, etc.)
                                                                                                • DFW National Cemetery (VA burial benefits)
    When record-breaking temperatures last beyond a couple of days, more
                                                                                                • Vet Center (re-adjustment counseling to vets)
people, including average healthy adults, are at risk for heat injuries. The
elderly, the very young and the chronically ill are the groups at greatest risk                 • Women’s Program Coordinator
for heat injuries. People involved in outdoor athletic programs at youth
organizations and schools are another group at risk. Directors of such              Other Federal offices:
programs should carefully monitor participants, ensure they have plenty              • Small Business Administration Veterans Rep.
of water to drink and allow sufficient time between practice sessions and            • Social Security Administration Veteran Rep.
workouts to cool down.                                                               • Medicaid/Medicare Representatives
    Heat injuries fall within one of three categories: heat stroke, heat exhaustion  • IRS (info on Economic Stimulus Payments)
and heat stress. Heat stress, a milder heat injury, is marked by dizziness,
headache, muscle cramps and nausea and can be treated by simply replenishing State of Texas departments and offices:
lost fluids and salts and moving to a cooler environment.                            • Veteran Land Board (home & land loans)
    Heat stroke, the most serious, occurs when one’s core body temperature
                                                                                     • Veterans Business Ctr. (helps vets start businesses)
exceeds 105° F— at which point injury to vital organs can rapidly progress to
                                                                                     • Veteran Land Board (home & land loans)
death. Victims of heat stroke become disoriented. Their skin may feel dry and
cool to the touch (the ability to perspire— the body’s cooling mechanism—            • Veterans Commission Veteran Emp. Reps
becomes overwhelmed). Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency.                 • Dept of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
    Heat exhaustion, a less serious condition, usually affects the elderly and       • Department of Disability and Aging Services
chronically ill, and happens when the body’s attempt to cope with the heat
pushes the cardiovascular system to the limits of endurance. In these two           Tarrant County departments and offices
vulnerable groups, this can lead to death.                                           • Human Resource Employment
                                                                                                • Sheriff’s Office
   To avoid heat injuries:                                                                      • Tarrant County Credit Union
    • At first signs (dizziness, headaches, muscle cramps, nausea), move to a cooler
        location, rest a few minutes and slowly drink something cool.                          City departments:
    • Drink plenty of fluids—especially water or juice. Drinking water is the single            • City of Ft. Worth Human Resource Employment
        most important heat injury prevention strategy. Avoid beverages containing              • Fort Worth Police Department
        alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar in hot weather, as they can cause
                                                                                                • Irving Police Department
        rapid dehydration on a hot day.
    • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early or late in the day when it’s cooler.
    • Stay in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless your heat              Other organizations
        tolerance is well-established. Visit air-conditioned places like malls or theaters      • United Way 211
        to cool off, especially on very hot days.                                               • Unemployment Guide
    • Take frequent breaks to cool down if you have to work outdoors.                           • Alzheimer’s Organization
    • Consult with your doctor to determine how the sun and heat exposure may affect            • UTA VA Education Benefits
        you if you are taking prescription medications such as diuretics and other blood        • Mental Health Association of Tarrant County
        pressure medicines, antihistamines or mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs.             • Combat Related Special Compensation
    • Check frequently on ill or elderly relatives, friends or neighbors, who may need help.      Representative
    • Wear sun block.                                                                           • Concurrent Retired Disability Payment
    For more information, check the Tarrant County Public Health Web site at                      Representative
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