By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s veterans can get information on dozens of services and benefits today at the second annual Veteran’s Resource Fair at City Hall.
“We’re going to have approximately 26 tables where people will be able to come over and get information, get counseling,” says Darrell Clarke, president of Philadelphia City Council. He says the Council’s Veterans Advisory Commission is hoping the resource fair will provide the 80,000 former military men and women in Philadelphia with much-needed access to programs and benefits.
“When you see a veteran who is a homeless person, or when you see a veteran that is unemployed, or you see a veteran who’s unemployed — that’s ridiculous,” says Clark, who notes that many veterans are unaware of many federal and state benefits that would help. “We’ll be able to have support for health and wellness, housing and employment, education.”
Clarke says there will be workshops and counselors on site to help individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress and other issues. Last November, the Commission opened a first floor office in City Hall, right off of Market Street.
He says the fair, which is in its second year, is part of a continued effort to provide the population increased support.
“As we celebrate Memorial Day,” says Clarke, “I hope we realize what this is really about and just tip our hats to a veteran.”
The free resource fair runs from 11 to 3pm at the City Hall Courtyard.