Second Annual Joplin’s Veteran Benefits Expo

Second Annual Joplin’s Veteran Benefits Expo
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“Every year we come here to this expo, and every year we find more and more and more information to help us,” said Graywolf.

Feathers Graywolf is the wife of a veteran as well as the mother of a veteran, and she thinks Joplin’s 2nd Annual Veteran Benefits Expo is doing exactly what is was designed to do.

“We often times have the questions asked, ‘What about this benefit or what about healthcare?’ And we thought, ‘A lot of veterans really don’t know the benefits that are out there, both at the federal and state level,’ so we came up with the idea of this expo,” said organizer Richard Russell.

Besides being a treasure trove of veterans benefits, information, and assistance, the expo is also a place for veterans to workshop solutions to common problems, or make experts aware of them. Graywolf is hoping a new solution for older veterans in pain is on the horizon.

“Our veterans, the older ones, are having the opioids taken away from them that helps them. They do everything right, but they’re having the things that give them quality of life taken away. So we want something to replace that,” said Graywolf.

The expo is also a place where veterans who want to help other veterans go to recruit. Wynee Krell is a retired coastguard lieutenant commander, looking for mentors to assist guiding veterans in need in Missouri’s veterans court. He says the experience is priceless for those receiving guidance and the military mentors.

“What’s happening is, it’s building a whole bond of people working together. The young fellow that I worked with is now coming back to work as a mentor himself, to try to pass that on,” said Krell.

Krell says he’s optimistic about his chances because he says he sees a lot of people finding help at this event.