State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and The City of Solon Senior Organization hosted a Veterans' Benefits Fair on Thursday, October 17th. The event, attended by many local veterans, was by all accounts a tremendous success.

The benefits fair took place at the Solon Community Center and featured a variety of organizations geared towards helping those who have served our country, no matter what era, their spouses, and families. Throughout the day, hundreds of people attended and there were agency representatives and local businesses who assisted military personnel and their families to sign up for their benefits and employment services.

Jason Dominguez, The Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, was the featured speaker of the afternoon.

“All of our military personnel have given personal sacrifices in leaving their loved ones to protect our freedoms,” Rep Anielski said. “It is of the utmost importance that we make sure that all those who have served, no matter in what capacity and no matter what era, are aware of the benefits and services that they deserve.”

“The veterans and their surviving spouses found it to be an uplifting day because they found benefits they were unaware of, got questions and problems handled regarding benefits they were already registered for, received health screenings and/or just enjoyed a fresh hair cut,” said Jill Frankel, Solon Senior Coordinator. “They felt touched by the number of organizations and individuals that have taken action to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made.”

Participating organizations included:

Solon Senior Center, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Stark County Vet Center, Ohio Auditor’s Office, Ohio Veterans Bonus Program, Ohio Veterans Home, Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland State University, The Ohio Academy Paul Mitchell School, Walgreens, U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, LifeBanc, Former Senator Grace Drake for Support our Troops, NOPEC, AT&T, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, USO Chagrin Falls, and Cuyahoga Community College.

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