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Veterans fair canceled, Carroll Lutheran Village kickoff celebration postponed over coronavirus concerns

Two of the larger events scheduled in Carroll County over the next week will not go on as scheduled because of fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

The Veterans Claims Clinic & Resource Fair, which had been scheduled for March 19 at Carroll Community College, has been canceled and the 40th anniversary celebration kick-off event at Carroll Lutheran Village, which had been set for March 16, has been postponed.

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There are no cases of the coronavirus at Carroll Lutheran Village, but the senior living community “is taking every precaution necessary to help prevent the virus” from spreading in this area, according to a CLV news release. The 40th anniversary committee will announce a new date once one is confirmed, the release said.

The veterans clinic was billed as an event to give veterans multiple opportunities at one site to file or follow up on a VA compensation and pension claim, apply for VA health care, learn about programs and services, find community resources and obtain a veteran ID.

“At all times, the health and safety of Maryland’s veterans is our top priority," a county government news release said. “We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause and look forward to rescheduling the event in the future. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to protect themselves and others by following guidance regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

That guidance is available at www.cdc.gov.

Veterans can receive VA assistance by calling the following numbers, based on their need:

  • For VA claims, 1-800-827-1000.
  • To apply for VA health care enrollment, 1-855-976-9618.
  • To schedule a VA health care appointment, 410-605-7333.
  • For the 24/7 Telephone Care Line, 1-800-765-2441.
  • For burial information and benefits, 410-644-9696.
  • For the Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

For assistance from the Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities, call 410-386-3800.

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