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Veteran's Expo set for Thursday

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A large Terre Haute event is coming to Brazil.

The Veteran's Administration (V.A.) is hosting a Veteran's Expo for Clay County veterans and their families Thursday, Oct. 25, from 2-6 p.m., at the Brazil National Guard Armory on State Road 59.

"We decided this year we would take (the Veteran's Expo) out to the counties and make it more intimate," Veteran and Coordinator Doug Meissel said. "We wanted to try and reach the veterans in the counties."

Community organizations, employers with job information and local community agencies will be available for employment information, networking and more.

Educational assistance will be available from local colleges such as Indiana State University, Ivy Tech, Harrison College and more.

A medical bus will also be available at the Veteran's Expo, giving free health screenings including flu shots and blood pressure screenings.

"This is open to past and present veterans, friends and family of veterans," Meissel said. "We try to open it up to anyone connected to a veteran in any way. We're trying to provide information to vets and families and friends about services available in the community and employment in their areas."

Refreshments will be provided at the event, as well as a silent auction. The auction will have items donated by Riddell National Bank, haircuts donated by local hair salons and barbershops, car wash kits, gift coins and more. A .45 pistol will be raffled off. Tickets will be $5 each. Donations will also be accepted. All the proceeds from the auction, raffle and donations will go toward a monument to be put on the Clay County Courthouse lawn in honor of all veterans from recent wars including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, especially local fallen heroes Spc. Arronn David Fields and Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz.

"We want to commemorate the loss of lives from the recent wars," Meissel told The Brazil Times. "All the money collected will stay in Brazil. Once the monument is put up, people will be able to go and touch it and know exactly what their money went toward."

The entire event is free of charge and open to anyone. For more information, contact Damion Brown at 812-242-6472.

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what is a past & present veteran?

-- Posted by nobob on Sun, Oct 21, 2012, at 9:07 PM

@nobob...don't be a jerk just because of a typo. That 'past or present veteran' is the reason you are able to read and comment freely on stories like this one, so take pride in your country and those who have served it!

-- Posted by Plankton on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 4:27 PM

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