PHILADELPHIA, PA –City Council members unanimously passed a resolution proposed by Councilman-At-Large David Oh, Councilman Mark Squilla, and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell declaring 2014 as the “Year of the Veteran” in Philadelphia.



The public presentation of the resolution to the Veterans Multi-Service Center and One Book, One Philadelphia, will take place at the National Liberty Museum on March 10, 2014 at 6PM. This is a history-making event which highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of our veterans, as well as continues to raise public awareness of issues related to veterans and the ongoing initiatives to serve those who have served.


In addition to the “Year of the Veteran” kick-off, there will be various veteran-focused events held throughout Philadelphia in 2014. The One Book, One Philadelphia program will host a number of events highlighting “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers which gives a powerful depiction of the truth and tragedy of war. The VMC will host the first annual “Bridge to Opportunity” 5K Run over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in May. The Veterans Wheelchair Games presented by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America will take place in August, attracting over 600 competitors from across the Nation.



About the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) The VMC exists solely to “serve those who served” this great nation and their families. We are the only non-profit agency in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas that provides a comprehensive resource center available to all Veterans. Visit to learn more.

About One Book, One Philadelphia The Goal of One Book, One Philadelphia is to promote reading, literacy, and libraries, and to encourage the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. The book selected for 2014 is The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Visit

About the National Liberty Museum Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by fostering good character, civic responsibility and respect for all people. Visit

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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