Charleston VA hospital to hold open house to kick off ‘Summer of Service’

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will hold an open house and claims assistance event for veterans from 4:30-6 p.m. June 29 at 109 Bee St.

The VA hospital in Charleston will hold an open house and claims assistance event for veterans on June 29.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Columbia VA Regional Office are co-hosting the free event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 109 Bee St. It includes a forum with leadership, on-site enrollment for VA health care, information on VA services and on-site claims assistance.

VA executives will be available to discuss services that the Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration provide for veterans in South Carolina.

Veterans Affairs staff will be available to help attendees with health care-related eligibility and enrollment for health care services and claims questions.

Community partners will attend to help kick off a nationwide initiative — “Summer of Service” — that seeks the help of the Charleston area to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving veterans here, according to a news release.

“We are fortunate to have many community partners collaborating with our facility to help care for our veterans,” said Scott Isaacks, director of the VA hospital in Charleston. “As a commitment to honoring America’s heroes, we are asking people to come get involved in service to Veterans.”

As part of the VA’s “Summer of Service,” the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center hopes to increase local engagement and welcome members of the community interested in supporting the needs of veterans, the news release said.

The event will have information on volunteering, collaboration through community partnerships and employment opportunities for medical professionals. The event also will serve to host congressional members and staffs to provide education on the VA benefits available in the area at the Medical Center, Regional Office and National Cemetery in Beaufort.