FREDERICK, MD - Many veterans make major sacrifices serving the country, so Congressman Roscoe Bartlett wants to make sure they receive the benefits they've earned.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding about what some of these benefits are and a lot of uncertainty as to what the veteran needs to do to avail themselves to these benefits," said Rep. Bartlett, (R) - Md. 6th District.
Bartlett held a town hall meeting in Frederick for veterans and their families to learn about services and benefits from those in federal agencies.
"The benefits are anywhere from a monthly benefit check for compensation all the way up through vocational rehabilitation, training, and education benefits," said Michael Scheibel, director of the VA Baltimore Regional Office.
One of the main things organizers wanted veterans to know about is located right in Frederick. Fort Detrick has an outpatient clinic where veterans can get primary and some specialty care.
"One of the things we're really excited about is our telehealth capabilities where a veteran can come to the Fort Detrick clinic and be seen by specialists who are either at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center or one of our sister facilities," said Ann Brown, director of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center.
Some other benefits include educational help for veteran's dependents under certain circumstances and getting traumatic injury insurance.
"We made commitments to our veterans that we need to keep," Bartlett said. "If we don't keep those commitments, we're going to have a very difficult time attracting young people to the services."
Bartlett says his district has the highest number of people going into military academies than any other district in the nation. He hopes to give them and veterans the rights they've earned.
To learn about benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, click here.
To visit My HealtheVet, click here.
For information on Fort Detrick's VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, click here.