More than 50 veterans and their families received help with employment, VA services and legal questions at a resource fair on Feb. 22 at Earl Graham Post 159 in Bryan, Texas.
Turnout for the annual event has grown each year since the post began the resource fair four years ago, Post Commander Tom Marty said.
“We’re pretty jazzed that the numbers keep growing,” Marty said. “The community is now more aware of it. We have ads in the local paper, and the local TV and radio stations pick up on it.”
Post officials were prompted to start the resource fair after seeing a similar event at the Department of Texas convention.
“We started talking to other resources in the community,” Marty said. “We just decided we would combine it all (into one event).”
Post 159 has worked with the Texas Veterans Commission, Workforce Solutions and other groups to provide employment opportunities, health care resources and legal aid to veterans in the Bryan and College Station communities.
Marty said that several employers scheduled interviews and made job offers to veterans who attended the event. And Post 159 Service Officer Pamela Robertson and representatives from the VA were on hand to answer questions on VA health benefits.
Marty said the Brazos County Bar Association was available to answer questions and put veterans in touch with legal experts willing to assist in everything from criminal issues to updating wills and trusts on a pro bono basis.
Marty added that the event reflects the pillars of The American Legion.
“Veterans serving veterans is the whole idea,” he said. “We’re very fortunate we’re able to do those things.”
Plans are already underway for next year’s event, Marty said.