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Community Resource Fair Focuses on the Needs of Female Veterans, Their Families and Widows of Veterans

March 12, 2012

For veterans striving to “achieve success after serving,” Volunteers of America is hosting a health, wellness and employment fair on March 15th in Wilmington.

LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With the recent return of more than 40,000 soldiers from Iraq, and an expected 30,000 arriving from Afghanistan this year, there is a steady growth in the number of veterans in need in Los Angeles. The Achieving Success After Serving Resource Fair was developed to help veterans learn about and connect with providers of services to assist them as they return to civilian life.

There will be a particular focus on our female veterans, their families, and widows of veterans. “Female veterans, returning from recent deployments with different types of military-related trauma, and with different kinds of social and medical needs, have fallen outside the support network that was originally developed with male service members in mind. Women veterans currently experience three times the divorce rate of their male counterparts and we are seeing them becoming homeless at a faster rate than men,” says Bob Pratt, president of Volunteers of America Los Angeles.

The event will be attended by Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Deputy Secretary of Women Veterans at CalVet Lindsey Wathen, President of LACC Marvin Martinez, and Councilman Joe Buscaino, among other local dignitaries.

With representatives from 20 local agencies and service providers including Volunteers of America, EDD, and LAHC’s Veterans Department, the event will be a one-day, one-stop array of resources and support including employment services, health services, housing assistance, and benefit assistance.

WHAT: Resource fair for veterans with a focus on women and veteran families. Public event open to all. Event will connect veterans with providers of employment services, health services, housing assistance, and benefit assistance. Attended by elected officials and other dignitaries.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15,( )2012.

WHERE: Los Angeles Harbor College, Seahawk Building
1111 Figueroa Place Wilmington, CA 90744

About Volunteers of America Los Angeles (voala.org) Volunteers of America is a national non-profit human services organization committed to serving people, strengthening families, and building communities. Established in 1896, VOALA began with a Mission Hall and a home for orphaned children downtown, as well as a national prison reform crusade. We now serve more than 30,000 people annually throughout LA in programs that deal with our most serious social ills including homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, and issues facing military veterans and their families.

SOURCE Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles

Source: PR Newswire