By Mark Abrams

EAST LANSDOWNE, Pa. (CBS) —  East Lansdowne’s community center served as the host site today for a veterans’ benefits fair.

Representatives were on hand from a host of organizations offering housing, job information, education services, and even family assistance to veterans in eastern and central Delaware County.

Veterans and their friends came to find out what’s available.

“Some are homeless, some need a lot of education benefits, (or) job training,” said Ryan, a corrections activities specialist working at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pa.

Brian Taylor, retired from the US Army and looking to bring information back to fellow veterans in Upper Darby, said, “Operation Homefront, that helps people find homes, is a great benefit for veterans.”

Richard Carter, director of operations for the Chester Re-Entry Resource Center of Delaware County, stresses that housing is a huge priority for veterans.

“When a person doesn’t have a place to live or doesn’t have a stable place to lay their head at night, you can’t focus on anything else,” Carter told KYW Newsradio.  “In order to even get into a job or get into education or substance abuse counseling or any other types of needs you have, you have to have stable housing.”

The fair was organized with help from Pennsylvania state representative Margo Davidson.

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