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KERN COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE NOW OFFERING SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS FOR KERN RIVER VALLEY


The Kern County Veterans Service Department is pleased to announce that, beginning April 7, 2016, it will be expanding its hours at its Lake Isabella office and offering scheduled appointments for its clients.

Veterans will now be able to schedule an appointment to see a Veterans Service Representative. Appointments will be available the first and third Thursday of each month, in both the morning and afternoon. The primary goals of expanding our hours and moving to appointment are to increase the availability of a Veterans Service Representative in the Kern River Valley and to reduce the wait times for clients. The office hopes this will improve the overall experience for veterans and their families when applying for the benefits the veteran has earned as a result of his or her honorable military service.

A pilot program offering appointments on Friday mornings was highly successful at the Bakersfield office and as of the first of the year was been expanded to five days a week. "Things are running smoothly and clients seem to love the convenience, availability, and accessibility this program offers," stated Dick Taylor, Director of the Kern County Veterans Service Department. The department looks forward to extending this convenience to the veterans and their families living in the Kern River Valley.

The department can help veterans apply for many federal and state benefits including compensation for service-connected disabilities, pension for war-era veterans (to include pension with aid and attendance), residency in a California Veterans Home, issuance of military records and awards, just to name a few.

Clients can call (661) 868-7300 or (866) 218-5367 to schedule an appointment or to get more information.

The goal of the Kern County Veterans Service Department remains the same today as when it was first established in 1944: To assist veterans, their dependents, and survivors to obtain the benefits they have earned as a result of their honorable military service.

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