5th Annual Veterans Fair to be held October 20


EDINBURG, Texas — DHR Health (DHR) and the Renaissance Cares Foundation, Inc. (RCF) are partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), Texas Veterans Commission and other local and state agencies to host the “Veterans Health, Education, and Benefits Fair” on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

The fair will take place at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, located at 118 Paseo del Prado (McColl Road and Alberta), Edinburg, TX, 78593. Veterans, spouses and dependents are welcome to attend this event, free of charge.

“DHR Health and the Renaissance Cares Foundation are pleased to sponsor the Veterans Health, Education, and Benefits Fair along with state and federal agencies for the purpose of keeping all Veterans in our area informed about services available to them for healthcare, housing, jobs and education,” states Ron Tupper, DHR Senior Consultant and Veterans Health Fair Project Manager. “DHR is also pleased to announce that Dr. Carlos Cardenas, DHR Chairman of the Board, Jeff Milligan, VA Regional Director from Dallas, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, District 15, and Congressman Filemon Vela, District 34, have been invited to participate in the welcoming ceremony at this event in support of local Veteran healthcare issues.”

DHR and RCF and our Community Partners are hosting the “Health, Education and Benefits Fair” for South Veterans to bring together services from throughout Texas to one Rio Grande Valley location, as well as to provide Veterans with the opportunity to check their current medical claim statuses with on-site claims counselors from participating agencies during the event. This is planned as an enjoyable event in support of our Veterans and will include a wide range of educational topics from participating agencies. The event will also feature a raffle drawing throughout the event; tickets for the raffle will be provided to each Veteran during registration.

The DHR Rehabilitation Hospital has been invited to demonstrate the EksoGT exoskeleton robotic-assisted rehabilitation system during a break-out session. This is state of the art technology that can assist in providing rehabilitative services to Veterans with injuries that have affected their ability to walk. Also, the DHR Human Resources department has been invited to have a booth at the event for Veterans interested in learning what opportunities may exist at the health system and the procedures necessary to apply. Other break-out sessions will include behavioral health and crisis management presentations provided by the Veterans Administration Clinical Psychologists, as well as the ability for Veterans to have one-on-one discussions with VA counselors at any time during the event.  Planned break-out sessions also include presentations and Q&A on a wide range of topics impacting the Veterans community today including: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, Suicide Prevention, Homeless Issues, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) as well as General Mental Health issues. A break out session will also focus on Women Veterans health issues presented by the VA Women Veterans Program Office.

The VA has arranged to have on-site tours of their new Mobile Health Van System used to provide Veteran outreach services throughout the Valley Coastal Bend VA Health System area. An expert will also speak on the new VA Mission Act of 2018 to keep all Veterans informed of how this new law can assist them in securing additional health services.

For questions or to reserve a booth for the DHR “Veterans Health, Education and Benefits Fair,” please contact Ron Tupper, DHR Senior Consultant and Veterans Health Fair Project Manager, at [email protected].