Today is a monumental day for all of us at the VMC, but most importantly, for veterans of the City of Philadelphia.

 

After several months of dedication, City Council members unanimously passed a resolution proposed by Councilman Oh, Councilman Squilla, Council President Clarke, Councilwoman Blackwell and Councilman Johnson declaring 2014 as the Year of the Veteran.

  

The resolution highlights the City of Philadelphia’s great efforts to recognize and honor its veterans. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Army, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Roughly 88,000 veterans, whose service spans World War II to the present, currently reside here. The Philadelphia Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia program has also chosen The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, a tale of a veteran’s experience while at war, as its selection for discussions and events to be held throughout the city. Philadelphia will also be host of the Veteran Wheelchair Games in August 2014, with competitors all over the nation traveling to participate.

  

This day marks a powerful movement, a significant shift in public awareness of issues facing our veterans. Within the year of 2014, we anticipate ample opportunities to share our work, personal narratives, and to propel our mission to its ultimate success. Can you feel the excitement in the air? You should.

  

The full resolution is below.

  

Read it. Share it. Celebrate it.

  

On Thursday, February 27th we will formally receive the signed resolution from City Council.

 

We also plan to hold a public event to kick-off this initiative, stand by for those details!

  

RESOLUTION

Recognizing 2014 as the "Year of the Veteran in Philadelphia" to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments as well as continue to raise public awareness of issues related to veterans and the ongoing initiatives to serve those who have served.

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Army, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps, establishing a link between our city and those who have served our country dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times; and

WHEREAS, Veterans from past wars and peace time as well as those currently returning from overseas military duty to Philadelphia are part of the foundation of our community having served our Country in the Armed Forces, putting themselves in harms way, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, to protect us and preserve our liberties; and

WHEREAS, There are roughly 88,000 veterans living in Philadelphia with service spanning World War II until the present, men and women, of all races, religions, ethnicities, gender-identifications and physical abilities; and

WHEREAS, A new generation of veterans, including many female veterans are returning from service and choosing to live, work and further their education in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Veterans offer our city a talented and experienced pool of leaders, workers and neighbors; and

WHEREAS, Many veterans face challenges in living to their fullest potential because of the injuries, both mental and physical, suffered during their service; and

WHEREAS, In 2012, Philadelphia became the first city in America to offer a tax credit to employers hiring returning veterans which will be assessed and modified as needed in 2014; and

WHEREAS, In 2012, a coalition was formed to include the City of Philadelphia, the Department of Veteran Affairs and other partner non-profit organizations, such as The Veterans Multi-Service Center, to end veteran homelessness in Philadelphia by the end of 2014; and

WHEREAS, City Council passed a Resolution authorizing the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy to hold hearings on the state of veterans in Philadelphia which will be held in 2014; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Free Library, One Book, One Philadelphia program has chosen The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, a tale of a veteran’s experience while at war, as its selection for discussions and events to be held throughout the city in 52 existing libraries; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia will host the Veteran Wheelchair Games in August 2014, with over 600 competitors from all over the Nation traveling to Philadelphia in order to participate; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby recognizes 2014 as the "Year of the Veteran in Philadelphia" to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments as well as continue to raise public awareness of issues related to veterans and the ongoing initiatives to serve those who have served.

Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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    Golf Outing Event Details:

    Date: Monday, September 17th, 2018

    Time: 10:30 AM Registration, 12:00PM Shot Gun Start

    Location: Indian Valley Country Club, 650 Bergey Road, Telford, PA 18969

     

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