U.S. Senator Tina Smith's staff will head to Waseca tonight to meet with area leaders and veterans.
 
 The senator's staff will learn about the challenges veterans in the region face when trying to secure the health care, education, housing or job placement benefits they've earned in return for their service.
The event kicks off at the Waseca VFW at 5:30 tonight.
Sen. Smith is currently pressing legislation to help veterans gain access to employment and child care benefits.
She always is looking at measures to address homelessness among veterans.