The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa is combining its annual Veteran’s Welcome Home Event with its Veterans Freedom Music Festival on June 23rd. Public Affairs Officer Will Ackerman says the VA united the two events for two reasons.
He says the celebration offers the community a day to come out and honor the state’s veterans who have served and sacrificed for their freedoms. Additionally, Ackerman says the event gives the state’s veterans a chance to learn about their benefits.
"For the veterans that are coming who may not be signed up for VA benefits, we encourage them to bring their DD 214 form, which is their discharge certificate from the military, so that we can help them fill out their application for benefits and that’s really an important document to bring.”
The daylong celebration begins at 9:45 a.m. and features music from nine bands as well as kids’ activities. Complimentary shuttles will run between Lincoln East High School and the VA clinic grounds in Lincoln throughout the day.
For details, the website is www.nebraska.va.gov.