ICYMI: More Than 5,400 Virginians Join Spanberger’s Telephone Town Hall Focused on Virginia’s Veterans

Topics Discussed During the Congresswoman’s Veteran-Focused Town Hall Included TRICARE Benefits, Job Opportunities for Veterans, & Legislative Accomplishments Like the Honoring Our PACT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger hosted an open, public telephone town hall focused on issues facing Virginia Veterans, their families, and their caregivers.

Spanberger was joined by two representatives from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services: Ben Shaw, Central Regional Director, Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program and Dr. John C. Henry, Assistant Regional Manager, Central Region. During the event, the Congresswoman and her guests answered questions directly from Seventh District Veterans, caregivers, and their families about healthcare benefits, job opportunities, accessing military records, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, and more.

More than 5,400 Virginians tuned in for the event. Click here for a recording of the event.

“Events like these are an opportunity for the community to let me know what issues are most pressing,” said Spanberger. “The information I receive during these calls directly informs my work on Veterans’ issues — and so I want to thank everyone who asked a question, called in, or watched live for participating. I also want to thank Ben and John for joining us on the call and offering their expertise and advice, and for the work they do on a daily basis to support Virginia’s Veterans. I encourage anyone who did not have time to ask their question or needs help with a specific issue to reach out directly to my team.”

Wednesday’s telephone town hall was Spanberger’s 44th open, public telephone town hall. These events have generally focused on families, healthcare professionals, small businesses, Veterans, students, and seniors in Virginia’s Seventh District.


Veterans in Virginia’s Seventh District are encouraged to reach out to Spanberger’s office with federal agency, program, or benefits issues by filling out this form on her website.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has additional resources for Virginia Veterans and their families related to federal and state benefits, support, quality care, and recognition they have earned. The Department’s website has valuable resources for Veteran suicide prevention, legal issues, unhoused Veterans, and much more. Veterans and their families can also visit the website to see a map of their office locations, employment resources, and upcoming events near them.


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