A bimonthly veterans service outreach will return to Hawthorne and Yerington in the first week of October.

The Nevada office of Veterans’ Services Veterans Outreach ROVER Program’s main purpose is to inform veterans and their families of benefits for which they may qualify, said Veterans’  Service Officer, Kelly Awtrey.

The outreach events will be at the Yerington Senior Center at 117 Tilson Way in Yerington, on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Hawthorne event will be on Oct. 3 at The American Legion Post 19 in Hawthorne from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Veterans and family members can make an appointment to meet with a Veterans Service Officer to discuss their benefits by calling Pamela775-688-1653 or Barbara at 775-321-4880.

Walk-ins are also welcome, but appointments are recommended to make sure VSOs have enough time to see everyone, Awtrey said.

“Appointments at some recent locations have filled up prior to the date,” said program supervisor, Scott Fincher in a news release. “With help from the community, the word has been getting out and we really encourage veterans or family members to consider making an appointment in advance.”

Outreach events are primiarly to help veterans find and fill out the forms they need to apply for benefits, and let them know what other documents they need to submit with applications, Awtrey said.

Veterans are advised to bring a copy of their DD-214 discharge document, current VA paperwork, medical information and banking account information. If the claim involves dependants, bring birth certificates, current and prior marriage certificates, divorce decrees, and social security numbers.

NOVS officials are also asking local businesses to help spread the word about the bimonthly outreaches.

“We continue to ask local businesses, city officials and anyone willing to help us spread the word, to post a flyer at their location or download and email the flyer to their personal network,” said Executive Director, Kat Miller.

To download the schedule or flyer, go to the NOVS ROVER page at http://www.veterans.nv.gov/rover.html to find the ROVER schedule and scroll down to the date of the event.

The ROVER Program is funded by donations to the Veterans Gift Account that is supported by the Nevada Veterans License Plate Program. With mission-focused employees, NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a Statewide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call 866-630-VETS (8387) or visit www.veterans.nv.gov.