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      Expo geared to connect veterans with benefits comes to NMU

      If you are a veteran, widow of a veteran, or family looking to know more about jobs, benefits or medical services, the veterans expo is where you want to be this week.

      When veterans leave the service they face a number of issues whether it's re-adjusting to society, trying to find a job, medical, or physical problems.

      "I, myself got out of the service I didn't want to talk to nobody, but as time went by I found out that I had a need to do it. Both medically and trying to find jobs," said Tom Stanaway, VFW Negaunee Post.

      The most common challenge many face is connecting with the services and programs they need.

      So, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is hosting their first Vets expo at NMU'S Superior Dome.

      "Folks dealing with jobs as far resume writing and helping veterans with employment. There will be folks from colleges and universities in the Upper Peninsula to assist veterans with going back to school or getting into college and accessing G.I. Bill benefits," said Brad Slagle, Jacobetti Home For Veterans.

      Representatives from the VA will also be there to assist with obtaining entitled benefits, and connecting with mental health programs.

      It's an opportunity for veterans to sit down face-to-face with someone who can answer their questions and get them connected to what they need.

      "You cannot do it alone. Alot of people get out of the service, I don't want to be connected to any organization any more, but as time goes by you find out I can't do it alone," Stanaway said.

      Veterans, widows, and family members are encouraged to stop by.

      Thousands from across the U.P are expected to make it the free expo. It runs Friday through Saturday.