Utah veterans and their dependents seeking information about benefits can call a toll-free number, 1-800-827-8016, beginning Monday, March 18, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The department's regional office handles an average of 6,600 information calls per month. The new toll-free number is being installed to make it easier for veterans to get answers to questions about benefits. "It is faster than communicating by mail and provides a more personal service," said Douglas B. Wadsworth, regional director.Counselors will be available at the toll-free number between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. weekdays.