DHS News Newsletter April 2007
DHS hosts conference to assist returning veterans
DHS in partnership with Allegheny County Veterans Services recently hosted a free, two-day conference for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Support for Returning Veterans: A Community Effort will help veterans link to human services and medical providers for services they may need.
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato opened the conference with welcoming remarks that recognized the important work already being done by human services professionals and stressed the importance of continuing this work for returning veterans for as long as needed.
“It is essential that we help our returning veterans readjust to life here at home,” said Onorato. “This event brings together the VA, human service providers, the faith-based community, law enforcement, and schools to help make the transition as smooth as possible.”
On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 the conference provided workshops and networking opportunities for human service and medical professionals in Allegheny County who wanted to learn about available services for returning veterans and their families. Wednesday, April 11 returning veterans and their families learned about, and connected to, needed services.
Workshops on both days included information about women in the military, benefits, post-traumatic stress disorder, entrepreneurship and men’s support groups. Approximately 30 public and private community service providers greeted attendees and distributed information at the conferences vendor area.
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