Veterans Services to offer annual benefit information sessions in April at Manatee Libraries

Veterans Services to offer annual benefit information sessions in April at Manatee Libraries
Posted on 03/18/2019

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 18, 2019) —Manatee County Veterans Services is offering free annual benefit seminars through one convenient session, which will repeat on four different dates and library locations in April.

Topics will include VA Disability Compensation, VA Low-Income & Long-Term Pensions (including the new 2018 VA Qualification Guidelines), VA Burial Benefits, Local VA Healthcare and a Q&A session. Discussions are open to Veterans and their families, as well as surviving family members. Light refreshments will be provided.

In past years, Veterans Services structured the information into a series, focusing on one topic at a time, at only one location in Downtown Bradenton. Understanding that some Veterans and their families might not be able to travel easily to multiple sessions and live far from downtown, County Veterans Services Officer, Lee Washington, and his team decided to combine all of the topics and give the presentation at four locations spread throughout Manatee County.

“We hope that offering the same session at multiple easy-to-access locations will help us reach a wider range of the approximately 40,000 Veterans who are reported to live in Manatee County,” said Washington.

Dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, April 1
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Downtown Central Library
1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W.
Bradenton 34205

Thursday, April 11
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rocky Bluff Library
6750 US Hwy. 301 N.
Ellenton 34222

Friday, April 19
9-11 a.m.
South Manatee Library
6081 26th St. W.
Bradenton 34207

Saturday, April 27
12-2 p.m.
Braden River Library
4915 53rd Ave. E.
Bradenton 34203

Please contact Veterans Services at (941) 749-3030 for more information.

Manatee County Veterans Services is committed to providing professional assistance and guidance throughout the entire Veterans Affairs claim process. There is no fee or cost for services or the submission of a claim for VA benefits, as this has been paid in full by having served in the military. For more information, contact (941) 749-3030, and visit them at or on Facebook @ManateeCountyVeteransServices

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov