Congressman Charles B. Rangel and government organizations join to provide assistance to local veterans
WHAT: Presentations on veterans’ healthcare, homelessness and benefits; oral history recording; and veterans’ jobs fair.
WHERE: Bronx Community College of The City University of New York (2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453)
WHEN: Monday, November 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHO: Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY-13), The CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Bronx Community College, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and veterans’ organizations
BACKGROUND: Congressman Rangel is inviting veterans of the 13th Congressional District New York to attend a special event that will provide useful information and job opportunities to help improve their lives. During the morning, attendees will receive brief and informative presentations from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
the Department of Labor, and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. In the afternoon, a benefits and jobs fair will be held for veterans to sign up for various programs. This day is an opportunity for the government to assist those who have selflessly served our nation.
About Congressman Charles B. Rangel: A decorated war veteran with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal, Congressman Rangel served in the United States Army during the Korean War as an artillery operations specialist in the all-black 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division. As a Congressman, he has been a stalwart advocate on veterans’ issues, authoring legislation that established the Office of Minority Veterans Affairs in the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. He secured the creation of a full-service Veterans Outreach Center in Harlem, as well as the federal charter for the 369th Regiment, the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Recently, he has introduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, which would correct the records of gay and lesbian veterans who were dishonorably discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). His Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act aims to remove outdated barriers to veterans’ access to healthcare. For more information, visit Rangel.House.gov
About the CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs: The CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and developing a channel of communication among veteran and reservist students, and with faculty, staff and administration. The City University of New York (CUNY) welcomes and supports veterans and reservists on its campuses and recognizes the contribution that they make as citizens and students. CUNY is proud of the level of diversity and academic excellence that 3,000 veterans and reservists bring to its campuses. See http://www.cuny.edu/about/resources/veterans for more information.
About the United States Department of Veterans Affairs: The VA is the United States government’s second largest department, responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. It is currently headed by Secretary Eric Shinseki.
About the Library of Congress Veterans History Project: Created by Congress in 2000, the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.