District 1 Atlanta City Council Member Carla Smith will sponsor the 2018 Veterans Resources Expo on Saturday, Nov. 17, in partnership with the City of Atlanta Commission on Veterans Affairs. The free event will take place in the old Council Chamber from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 68 Mitchell St., S.W. (Participants may also enter the building at 55 Trinity Ave., S.W.
Commemorating Veterans Day, the expo will provide veterans access to a broad range of services, including housing assistance, education, jobs and job training, health screenings and benefits counseling.
“Our veterans have answered the call to defend our freedoms, and it is absolutely appropriate that we answer the call to fulfill their needs once they return home,” said Smith.
Chris Balch, chair of the City of Atlanta Commission on Veterans Affairs, agrees.
“Veterans are the life-blood of our country,” Balch said. “It is important that we tangibly show them our appreciation not only on Veterans Day, but every day, and we aim to do that with this exposition.”
Expo participants include Project Community Connections, Inc.; Veterans Empowerment Organization; Atlanta VA Medical Center; Atlanta Workforce Development Agency; Georgia Department of Veterans Services; Georgia Department of Labor; and the Georgia Department of Human Services, among others.
Melodii Peoples, Communications Specialist at the Georgia Department of Veterans Services and a board member on the Atlanta Commission on Veterans Affairs, said this is a topic close to her heart. “Each veteran’s journey is different, but it takes the same grit and bravery to accomplish the mission,” said Peoples. “It is our pleasure to serve those who have served.”