Important veterans fair scheduled for March 16 in Gonzales


Attention all Gonzales and surrounding county veterans, on Saturday, March 16 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., the Gonzales County Veterans Affairs office will be hosting a Veterans Fair at the American Legion Hall located at 1612 Robertson Street in Gonzales.

Sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission’s Southwest District, the Veterans Fair will open with health screenings provided free of charge by Dr. Garth Vaz of The Vaz Clinic from 8-9 a.m., from noon until 1 p.m., and from 3-5 p.m.

At 9 a.m., Mike Jaeger, who is the Texas Veterans Commission Southwest District Manager for Claims Representation and Counseling will speak on health care. At 10 a.m., there will be a session on service-connected compensation claims, followed by an education session at 11 a.m.

After a break for lunch and health screens, the afternoon will feature a pair of sessions on survivor benefits and death benefits. Two hours of free health screenings provided by Dr. Vaz — who is a veteran — will wrap up the day.

Registration and a free breakfast for the day’s activities will begin at 7 a.m. and lunch will be served by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

“This is really a big event for our veterans,” said David Tucy, Veterans Affairs officer for Gonzales County. “This is where veterans and/or their families can come and get all the information they need about what benefits are available to them and how we can help facilitate them to get all the benefits they are entitled too.

“This isn’t just for veterans or Gonzales County Veterans—this is open to veterans from all over our district and it is open to families and survivors. Mike Jaeger is the chief man for our district, and he is excited to be coming and meeting and helping our veterans learn about what they have coming and then work to get it.

“There is no question that is too small or too large to be asked. If we don’t know the answer, we will get it. I hope all vets and their families take advantage of this rare and unique opportunity.”

Tucy also had some kind words for Dr. Garth Vaz.

“Dr. Vaz is a veteran, and he wants to help veterans out all he can,” Tucy said. “I think it’s commendable that he stepped forward as an active participant and is providing health screenings free of charge.”

For more information, contact Tucy at 830-672-3244, or stop by and visit the Veterans Affairs Office in the basement of the Courthouse located at 714 St. Joseph Street, Suite 105, Gonzales, TX.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. to noon every Thursday.

Every second and fourth Thursday of the month Tucy holds office hours in the government annex building in Nixon.