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Transition fair for veterans in Las Vegas

Posted at 7:02 PM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 09:17:49-05

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Veterans transitioning into civilian life spent the day learning about resources from more than 50 organizations available to them and their families.

The Veterans Transition Fair was held at the Southern Nevada Healthcare System all day Saturday.

Amanda Chester was one of many veterans getting familiar with job opportunities and resources.

She served in the US Amy for many years.

"I was a combat mechanic in Falcon, Taji, Kuwait, Baghdad."

Chester told 13 Action News there weren't many resources when she got out the military.

"2006 to 20108 there’s a big difference with the transition… to transition as a female veteran? It wasn’t there."

Veteran Ridgeway had a similar experience.

"Once I retired, I immediately went to work but felt out of place not having the skills to make a complete transition," said Ridgeway.

For that reason and many others, the VA in Las Vegas along with 60 local organizations held The Veterans Transition Fair.

"It's our opportunity to give back to them and they are entitled to certain benefits via healthcare, education, and disability benefits," said Charles Ramey, the Chief of Public Affairs for the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

Ramey also said suicide among veterans is high and it can be prevented through guidance.

"An estimated 20 veterans take their life each day. 14 of those veterans are not connected to VA care and services."

The fair was dedicated to help current service members and their families.

"If we can connect them to services as quickly as possible, then hopefully they won't to that point where they find themselves in a crisis," said Ramey.

The VA in Las Vegas plans to hold quarterly transition fairs.

For more information on resources visit the Las Vegas VA website.