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Veterans are the focus of Joplin golf tournament

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The Compass Quest Veterans Regional Veterans Services group hosted a military and veteran appreciation golf tournament at Shifferdecker Park. The event included hole-in-one and putting contests, a Freeman physical therapy clinic, and lunch. The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps of Neosho presented the colors before tee time. All proceeds from today's tournament benefit Compass Quest, a non-profit veterans service organization that provides supportive services for veterans, ranging from VA paperwork assistance, to mental health support to art therapy. 

"Services that are provided through the VA to veterans on the national level is about 35 to 40 percent higher than what they do in our region in Jasper and Newton County," said Ted Donaldson of Compass Quest. "So we know there's an education issue out there about the programs that are available to veterans in the community, whether that's VA medical care or education, or vocational rehab or the compensation or pension programs."

Compass Quest is also working toward opening a veterans center in Joplin in November. More information can be found here.


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