PEARL– Local service members, whether active or retired, and their families will be recognized at Hinds Community College’s Military Appreciation Day at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

The July 31 event, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will feature a number of local veterans groups including the Veterans Administration Mobile Clinic to offer information to service members and their families about an array of benefits, said Ryan Braswell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs for Hinds Community College.

The day will also include family-friendly fun, including activities, free popcorn, snow cones and other treats. Additionally, Hinds employees, including counselors and financial aid advisers, will be on hand to offer information about their education benefits and using them at Hinds.

“The Office of Veterans’ Benefits will be on hand to disseminate information on the GI Bill and other various VA Education Programs. In addition to the VA Programs, we will be sharing information on hundreds of scholarships available to service members or their family members,” Braswell said. “The programs available for military and their families create limitless possibilities in higher education, and the Military Appreciation Day at Hinds Community College will provide a centralized location for information on all of these great opportunities.”

Among other groups to be present are the Mississippi National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, the Veterans Administration Vet Center, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information contact Ryan Braswell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs, at 601.857.3226 or at

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