Program to focus on veterans’ needs

Published 10:09 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015

Suffolk’s Workforce Development Center will host an event Oct. 27 to launch collaborative services with organizations that provide veterans’ benefits and support.

The event will provide information on services including housing and career assistance, along with academic opportunities and helping to ensure that veterans and their families receive all benefits to which they are entitled.

Since the departure of the Virginia Employment Commission a year ago, veterans and their families have had to travel 25 miles or more to be seen by veteran representatives.

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The Veterans Benefits and Services Resource Launch will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 27 at the Suffolk Workforce Development Center, 157 N. Main St. The free event is open to all former and active duty service members and military family members.

Suffolk is home to a large population of veterans, and city officials said in a press release that they believe it is important to provide relevant and meaningful services to veterans of all ages, backgrounds and needs.

Partners will include the Hampton University Office of Military Affairs, Virginia Veteran & Family Support, the Virginia Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services, Opportunity Inc.’s Veteran Department, Sentara Obici Hospital, and Hampton VA Medical Hospital, along with the Workforce Development Center.

The Suffolk Workforce Development Center’s Mission is to meet the occupational needs of business and industry, community, and individuals by developing a labor force that is equipped with relevant training, education, and supportive services that enable self- sufficiency.

For more information, contact Larry Brunson, coordinator of the Suffolk Workforce Development Center, at 514-7740 or