Del­e­gate to host an­nual Vet­er­ans Town Hall

The Avenue News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LENE MAYO cmayo@ches­pub.com

Del. Ric Met­z­gar (R-6) and the District Six del­e­ga­tion will host their fourth an­nual Vet­er­ans Town Hall meet­ing and job fair on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Rosedale Se­nior Cen­ter. lo­cated at 1208 Neigh­bors Ave.

“I’m ex­cited about the Vet­er­ans Town Hall meet­ing with a job fair,” Met­z­gar said.

As a House of Del­e­gates Vet­er­ans Cau­cus mem­ber, Met­z­gar hired an Iraq Army vet­eran — Mas­ter Sgt. Paul M. Blitz — as his chief of staff, as well as as Afghanistan com­bat ma­rine and air­man vet­er­ans as his in­terns.

Fol­low­ing the clos­ing of the Fort Howard Vet­er­ans Out­pa­tient Clinic, a new Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion (VA) fa­cil­ity has opened at Franklin Square Hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cials from Perry Hall’s U.S. Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Mary­land Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs will present in­for­ma­tion and dis­cuss vet­eran pro­grams dur­ing the Nov. 7 event.

Ac­cord­ing to Met­z­gar’s chief of staff, Paul M. Blitz, VA of­fi­cials wanted to keep the vet­er­ans hos­pi­tal in east­ern Bal­ti­more County, so they de­cided to put it at Franklin Square, near a full ser vice hos­pi­tal.

To give out in­for­ma­tion on mil­i­tary fu­neral ar­range­ments and hon­ors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cvach-Rosedale Fu­neral Home and Gar­ri­son For­est Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery will be in at­ten­dance.

Wells Fargo Bank per­son­nel will ex­plain VA loans and VA mort­gages avail­able.

Vet­er­ans and at­ten­dees will also be able to ob­tain le­gal ser­vice and as­sis­tance for qual­i­fy­ing per­sons at the event.

In ad­di­tion, the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and the Mary­land Cen­ter for Vet­er­ans Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion will of­fer guid­ance for vet­er­ans ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness.

Bal­ti­more Gas and Elec­tric Com­pany, Mary­land Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety and Cor­rec­tions, Wells Fargo Bank and other em­ploy­ers will be there giv­ing on-site job in­ter­views for vet­er­ans seek­ing em­ploy­ment.

Met­z­gar and the Dic­trict Six del­e­ga­tion urge vet­er­ans seek­ing jobs to bring their re­sumes and dress ap­pro­pri­ately for job in­ter­views.

“It’s re­ally a won­der­ful event,” Blitz said.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to at­tend.”

“It is an event that I look for­ward to do­ing for our vet­er­ans be­cause ev­ery year new in­for­ma­tion come out, that the vet­er­ans do not know,” Met­z­gar said.

Ac­cord­ing to Blitz, there have been nu­mer­ous peo­ple who have gained knowl­edge at the Vet­er­ans Town Hall meet­ings that has helped them get more as­sis­tance as a vet­er­ans and for their dis­abil­i­ties.

The event is free. To reg­is­ter and get more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Del. Met­z­gar at 410-841-3332.

BY NI­COLE RODMAN/NROD­MAN@CHES­PUB.COM

Elected of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing (from left) Del. Bob Long, Del. Robin Gram­mer, Sen. Johnny Ray Salling and Del. Ric Met­z­gar, joined Di­rec­tor of Mary­land’s Vet­er­ans Ser­vices Pro­gram Phillip A. Mun­ley, to honor Viet­nam vet­er­ans dur­ing a cer­e­mony in 2016.

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