Carbon County veterans have a new opportunity to learn about benefits, Carbon County Veterans Affairs Director Henry Desrosiers told county commissioners Thursday.

A town-hall meeting organized by Brigadier General Michael Gould, Deputy Adjutant General to the U.S. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in conjunction with county directors, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. May 16 at the Marine Corps Detachment Post #313, at 158 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

The meeting is aimed at informing veterans who live in rural areas about their health care, compensation, pension and other military benefits, Desrosiers said.

"We have found out that a lot of veterans in our rural areas do not understand or know what they are entitled to," he said.

Desrosiers is coordinating the meeting in the northeast section of the state, the 18 counties affiliated with the Wilkes-Barre veterans' center.

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call Desrosiers at (570) 325-3986 to register.

Also, a Welcome Home Veterans Expo is tentatively planned for 1-5 p.m. July 1 at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

The expo is to "recognize and honor Carbon County's men and women who served their country from 1990 to the present day," Desrosiers said. he said his office would contact local veterans organization for help with the event, and to contact their members about the event.

Anyone wishing to register for the event is asked to call Desrosier.