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VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Service Members Get Answers at Benefit Expo

Kristin Pressly, PAO and Michael Bichrest, VHIE presented Dr. Nadelman and Karen Barilani of New England College with Manchester VA's Community Parntership Award

New England College was recognized and presented with a Manchester VA Medical Center Director’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award. Image left to right: Kristin Pressly, Public Affairs, Manchester VAMC, Dr. Cindi Nadelman, (Ret.) Air Force Veteran, and Ms. Karen Barilani, U.S. Marine Corps, and Graduate Student after both accept the award presentation nominated by Michael Bichrest, VHIE at the New England College Veteran Benefits Expo. (Courtesy photo by: Laura Caisse, Women Veteran Program Manager, Manchester VAMC)

By Kristin Pressly, Public Affairs Officer, Manchester VA Medical Center
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
On January 19, a wide array of services and care available for Veterans was showcased at the Past and Present Military Benefits Expo held at New England College.  “When it comes to supporting our military veterans, you can never do enough.  That’s why it was so gratifying to see so many supportive agencies participate in New England College’s first Veterans Expo,” said Dr. Cindi Nadelman, Professor of Business and Director of Veteran Affairs.  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Manchester Medical Center along with other agencies including Building Dreams for Marines, VetCenter and other organizations found here:  Resources at Veteran Benefit Expo were present to meet one on one with Veterans and answer any questions.   

The Military Benefits Expo was a great success largely due to the efforts of Veterans Karen Barilani, and Dr. Cindi Nadelman, members of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office, New England College who brought together more than 20 state, government, and private agencies to highlight available resources in New Hampshire that support military members. 

Michael M. Bichrest, Veteran Health Information Exchange (VHIE) Coordinator, Contractor in support of VHIE Community Engagement attended the event and shared, “as a Veteran myself, I see the value in having wrap-around service information available for Veterans in one place.  Today’s event helped dozens of service members.  Six Veterans, who had not previously been enrolled for VA health care, now have access to services –it was a good day!”

New England College was founded on the G.I. Bill in 1946, and the tradition of Veteran service continues today.  At the expo, New England College was recognized and presented with a Manchester VA Medical Center Director’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award.  “Inclusion and collaboration is the key to successfully serving New Hampshire Veterans, and our organization was grateful to be a part of this,” said Alfred Montoya, Acting Director Manchester VA Medical Center.  “New England College Veteran Office Director, Dr. Cindi Nadelman, (Ret.) Air Force Veteran, and Ms. Karen Barilani, U.S. Marine Corps, and Graduate Student clearly share a passion to support their fellow service members.  It is an honor to be able to recognize their continued advocacy on behalf of all who serve.” 

Manchester VA Medical Center is part of the VA New England Healthcare System which includes eight medical centers, located in the six New England States: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. It is an integral part of VISN 1, headquartered in Bedford, Mass. Manchester VA Medical Center is comprised of one main campus located in Manchester, N.H. and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Conway, Portsmouth, Somersworth, and Tilton. The Portsmouth outpatient clinic is located at Pease Air National Guard Base.

For more information:  www.Manchester.VA.gov

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