By Lukas Eggen
Ely Times Staff Writer
On Oct. 8 and 9, the Nevada Department of Veteran Services is offering two ROVER sessions on Oct. 8 and 9 at the White Pine County Library to offer outreach for area veterans. They will be there from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9. Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduling ahead of time is encouraged as walk-ins will be served on a basis of availability. To schedule, please call 775-688-1653.
“Veterans can bring claims for any benefits to the VA or inquires about other state assistance, which may be available to then,” Charles Pullen said. “Many veterans don’t know what is available. Coming in to talk with a VSO can give them an overall outlook of what they are entitled to and possible additional assistance through other resources.”
As the ROVER program looks to reach out to rural areas in Nevada, getting to Ely is imperative to the veterans who live here, Pullen said.
“Ely is in a particularly tough location for veterans,” Pullen said. “Many veterans or family members can’t make it to larger cities due to transportation, work or other issues. This outreach can help them determine what assistance is available and help them plan a future visit to apply for available benefits and assistance.”
While they have not set a return date after Oct. 8 and 9, the ROVER program will return to White Pine County in the future, as well as exploring other ways to help veterans learn about the resources available to them.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to better serve veterans in rural areas,” Pullen said. “Though we have finite resources, the ROVER program has greatly increased the outreach efforts and we will continue to look for ways we can increase outreach as opportunities arise.”
One of those areas is the Green Zone Network at www.greenzonenetwork.org. The site is aimed at giving veterans the means necessary to connect to different resources available to them and helping to improve their livelihoods.
“Our agency just launched the Green Zone Network,” Pullen said. “This is not just another “information overload” site. This unique site connects veterans and the communities they live in, improving quality of life in the areas of education, employment and wellness. As veterans and the private sector participation grow, more opportunities will be accessible to veterans throughout Nevada….Finally, as part of the Green Zone Initiative, Veteran Community Councils are forming throughout the state,” Pullen said. “These councils will help organize local community support to our veterans, their families and survivors.”