Jul 17 2015
As a 23-year veteran of the Navy, I understand the importance of veterans’ benefits. When I returned from active duty in Southeast Asia, I was determined to further my education, and thanks to the G.I. Bill, I was able to attend the University of Delaware and earn my M.B.A. Today, veterans receive a robust G.I. Bill and many other benefits, and it’s Congress’s responsibility to ensure they have access to what they’ve earned. That is why Delaware’s Congressional Delegation – spearheaded by Congressman John Carney - put together a program called Veterans Office Hours. During Veterans Office Hours, representatives from our Delaware delegation, the VA Hospital, and other veterans’ organizations will be on hand to answer questions and work through any problems you or a veteran you know might have.
The first Veterans Office Hours event was held on Monday, and it was a great opportunity for me to meet with veterans, hear their concerns and help connect them with the right people who can help them. Nearly 100 veterans attended the event, and we aren’t stopping there. With the success of the first Veterans Office Hours, there will be two more programs this month: one in Kent County on July 20 and another in Sussex County on July 27. Congressman Carney, Senator Coons and I will be there along with the same organizations from the first Veterans Office Hours. You can find more information about those organizations here.
We owe it to our servicemen and women to make sure they are taken care of when they return home. These programs are an invaluable tool for veterans looking to understand their benefits and secure gainful employment.
Along with the efforts of the delegation to create these office hours, I am proud to announce that the delegation is also sponsoring two veterans job fairs on August 3 and September 3 in order to connect veterans to employers and other services. You can find more information about those upcoming veterans job fairs here.