DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — The return of a Veterans Resource Fair and in-person retreat was a welcome opportunity for the men and women who served the nation in uniform before returning to civilian life.
“The hurricane happened at the muster center where we did it and then the COVID happened. So we started about 10 months ago putting together a group of volunteers to bring that back to Durham “said Larry Coleman of the Durham VFW.
Services offered on Saturdays included an immunization clinic, information about VA benefits, employment or education assistance, women’s health, caregiver support, social enrichment, housing assistance and information on mortgages, mental health services, etc., coordinated by Wake Forest-based Joel Fund.
“We work with all of these organizations, almost daily,” said Brooke Dickhart, executive director of Joel Fund. “So we have those relationships, and we were able to bring them here, as part of this event.”
Some veterans declined ABC11’s interview request as they moved along a line of tables where their questions were answered.
“They’re just happy to be here. Everyone’s ready to be back in person, everyone’s ready to be face to face with the people who are helping them get the services they need,” said Dickhart. “I’m doing this in honor of my father. He was a Navy SEAL, served four tours in Vietnam, and to be able to give back to this community is the greatest honor.”
For more information, visit The Joel Fund website
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