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Daylong Event at Philadelphia City Hall Focuses on Services For Veterans

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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Organizations that work with area veterans gathered at City Hall today for a resource fair and volunteer service project, and one organization was honored for its commitment to those who served.

On this anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the city’s managing director and Global Citizen 365 were teaming up to make sure veterans know their service is remembered.

“There’s an increasing need to harness resources for returning veterans,” says Todd Bernstein, president of Global Citizen 365.

VetCorp veteran coordinator Roslyn Campbell agrees.  She says the families of veterans have special needs.

“We have a lot of people who have PTSD, but people don’t understand kids have been away from their parents for a while and they develop it as well,” she explains.

Bernstein says veterans have much to offer the community.

At today’s event, Iraq War veteran Tyrone Beach accepted the second annual Active Citizenship Award on behalf of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center, where he works.

“This (award) means a great deal to us,” he said.  “As a nonprofit we are a charity, and we rely on volunteers.”

He was hoping a few fellow veterans he met today will volunteer to help other vets.

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