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Veterans Homecoming & Legislative Seminar On October 13th

Veterans and their families are invited to attend this free event that will feature health screenings, information on services, and an open forum to ask questions of their federal and state representatives.

Freeholder Director Sweeney said, "The Saturday morning forum is one-stop shopping for our veterans, it is very informative.  There are 20,000 veterans of all ages in our County and this is a chance for them to get information, ask questions of their legislators, and find out about benefits or services that are available to them."

Sweeney said that the forum is the perfect time for veterans to learn about services available at the VA Health Clinic, how to find transportation, information on job services and more. 

"Veterans have earned their benefits and attending this event is a good way for our veterans to find out what is available," Director Sweeney said.

Freeholder Chila, liaison to Veterans Affairs said, "Our veterans have varied needs and we work to assist all of them find the best services or programs to suit those needs."

"Some of our veterans need transportation to Wilmington VA or Philadelphia VA and some need help in getting their own business off the ground or finding a job.  Their needs can be at two different ends of the spectrum but we will find answers on what is available to them," Chila said. 

Participants from the following agencies will attend the Homecoming/Legislative Seminar.  They will have information, applications, and perform certain health screenings or counseling at the event:

US Small Business Administration
Philadelphia VA Medical Center-Behavioral Health Services
Philadelphia VA Medical Center-Women and Minority Vets Services
NJ Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland
From Gloucester County:
Veterans Affairs
Senior Services
Division of Transportation
Health Department [cholesterol and glucose screenings]
Economic Development
Board of Social Services

Legislative Forum attendees (confirmed to date) will include US Congressman Andrews, State Senator and Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Senator Fred Madden, and members of the Gloucester County Freeholder Board.

The event schedule is as follows:
9-10am -- Information tables and the behavioral and physical health rooms are open to Veterans
10-11am -- Legislative Forum/Question & Answer
11 -12 pm -- Information tables and screening rooms reopen for the veterans to visit.
Light refreshments will be available throughout the event.