‘Partners of Heroes’ seminar Feb. 11 in Yukon

Military veterans, spouses invited to inaugural event

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Yukon Veterans Museum members stand beside a World War II tent shelter and field kitchen: From left, Kyle Woodall (U.S. Army), Wally Hubbard (U.S. Air Force), Rick Cacini (U.S. Army), Jeff Kranz (U.S. Air Force), and Jerry Icenhower (U.S. Air Force). The Yukon Veterans Museum will present a “Partners of Heroes” seminar Feb. 11 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

The families of living and fallen Yukon veterans who seek answers about obtaining veterans’ benefits are invited to a special event next month.

The Yukon Veterans Museum will present a “Partners of Heroes” seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.

This inaugural program is open to active-duty military personnel and veterans, their spouses, along with deceased veterans’ widows and widowers.

The seminar will feature at least 10 “stations” for them to visit for expert assistance in any area they are having problems with.

“We will answer the question, ‘What does a family member do when a veteran passes?’,” said Rick Cacini, founder and curator of the Yukon Veterans Museum.

“We will discuss service members’ group life insurance benefits, and who to contact at the VA (Veterans Administration).”

Veteran service officers will help veterans, military personnel and family members complete all required documentation.

They are encouraged to bring their DD-214 forms and any other military documents to help them receive benefits.

Seminar attendees will rotate through various stations.

“This will be a ‘one-stop shop’,” Cacini said. “They’re going to be able to solve every problem – and then some.

“We want to keep our veterans, their spouses and families informed.”

Yukon Veterans Museum volunteers are organizing the Partners of Heroes seminar because they frequently field questions about veterans’ benefits.

Cacini – a retired lieutenant colonel with 40 years of service in the U.S. Army and 24 years in the U.S. Air Force – explained the seminar’s name.

“The wives, husband and family members are the partners that end up having to take care of these heroes, who served and put their lives on the line for their country,” Cacini said.

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PLENTY TO SEE

Among featured stations at the Feb. 11th Partners of Heroes seminar will be:

  • Two attorneys discussing estate planning and legal services for veterans and their family members.
  • The Oklahoma National Guard’s division chief of health and wellness sharing how to navigate through the military disability system.
  • Yukon American Legion Post 160 members talking about services they offer to visit veterans at the hospital and provide a color guard at burials.
  • Yanda & Son Funeral Home directors discussing what is available to spouses and partners when a veteran dies.
  • Yukon Main Street representatives providing information about their annual “Yukon Salutes” banner display project.

Meanwhile, Yukon’s Joan Geers will share her experience after losing her husband Mike – a U.S. Marine veteran.

Refreshments will be available and door prizes awarded at next month’s Partners of Heroes seminar. Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby will welcome everyone.

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ABOUT THE MUSSEUM

The Yukon Veterans Museum, 1010 W Main, is open regularly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The museum features historic displays and military artifacts from all armed services.

The Yukon Veterans Museum’s Board of Directors are President Cacini, Vice President Jeff Kranz, Treasurer Casey Barnett, Secretary Jack Stewart, Jerry Icenhower, Jerry Stafford, and Ron Edmonson.

Members are Jack Hinton, Brandon Parkhurst, Jenny Crane, Kyle Woodall, Nicole Bell, Wally Hubbard, Karen Giddings, Kathy Cacini, Linda Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, John Harler, Gary Baumwart, and Michael Devenitch.

For more information, call (405) 517-1901 or (405) 514-6794.