Area agencies partner to offer veterans expo

By Candy E. Price

Daily News Staff Writer

Local agencies are once again partnering to offer an event highlighting veterans services in the county.
The second Veterans’ Service Expo, presented by the Huntingdon County CareerLink, state Department of Labor and Industry, Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI) and the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce will take place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Standing Stone VFW Post 1754, 520 Penn St., Huntingdon.

Local agencies are once again partnering to offer an event highlighting veterans services in the county.Daily News Staff Writer

The second Veterans’ Service Expo, presented by the Huntingdon County CareerLink, state Department of Labor and Industry, Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI) and the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce will take place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Standing Stone VFW Post 1754, 520 Penn St., Huntingdon.
Helen Pyzowski, human resources director and business services coordinator at the CareerLink, said the event is open to any veteran and their family.
 
“It’s a good opportunity for veterans,” she said. “It’s serving those who served.”
Participants in the event include the Area Agency on Aging, Nittany Paper, the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Brady Township, SCI Huntingdon, SCI Smithfield, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, HRCI Consulting, the James E. VanZandt Medical Center, the Center for Community Action, Unemployment Compensation, Mainstream Counseling, Service Access and Management, HCBI, United Way, the Veteran Leadership Program, CareerLink, Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Penn Highlands Community College and state police.
“All the agencies either employ veterans or provide a service to veterans,” Pyzowski said.
She said Friday, the Career- Link mailed 240 letters to local veterans in their system and were “trying to reach out to get the word out.”
“We’re hoping that with the time frame ... more people will be able to attend,” she said. “Even if you’re working, doesn’t mean you won’t need some of the services these agencies provide.”
She said for many veterans, the transition from military to civilian life is “a lot harder than people realize” and the goal of this event is to “make sure veterans realize there are a lot of agencies that have programs to support them.”
“We’re actually trying to do this annually,” Pyzowski said. “This is the first time we’ve partnered with VFW and it makes perfect sense. We’re thinking that it’s going to be a good partnership.”
She said by holding the event at the VFW, the event may reach those who already come to the VFW for fellowship.
And, Pyzowski made clear, despite being held at the social club, the event is “open to the general public.”
“You don’t have to be a member of the VFW,” she said. “Anyone can come in and get information to take home to a loved one. It’s open to anybody who wants to come in ...”
Pyzowski said the agencies are “very excited” to be able to offer the event and said she is pleased with the response from the local and regional agencies.
“Every year, it seems like it’s growing, so we’re hoping this year, with the help of the media, that we’ll get some more people to come and take advantage of the services offered,” she said.

Candy can be reached at cprice@huntingdondailynews.com.Helen Pyzowski, human resources director and business services coordinator at the CareerLink, said the event is open to any veteran and their family.

 

 
“It’s a good opportunity for veterans,” she said. “It’s serving those who served.”
Participants in the event include the Area Agency on Aging, Nittany Paper, the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Brady Township, SCI Huntingdon, SCI Smithfield, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, HRCI Consulting, the James E. VanZandt Medical Center, the Center for Community Action, Unemployment Compensation, Mainstream Counseling, Service Access and Management, HCBI, United Way, the Veteran Leadership Program, CareerLink, Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Penn Highlands Community College and state police.
“All the agencies either employ veterans or provide a service to veterans,” Pyzowski said.
She said Friday, the Career- Link mailed 240 letters to local veterans in their system and were “trying to reach out to get the word out.”
“We’re hoping that with the time frame ... more people will be able to attend,” she said. “Even if you’re working, doesn’t mean you won’t need some of the services these agencies provide.”
She said for many veterans, the transition from military to civilian life is “a lot harder than people realize” and the goal of this event is to “make sure veterans realize there are a lot of agencies that have programs to support them.”
“We’re actually trying to do this annually,” Pyzowski said. “This is the first time we’ve partnered with VFW and it makes perfect sense. We’re thinking that it’s going to be a good partnership.”
She said by holding the event at the VFW, the event may reach those who already come to the VFW for fellowship.
And, Pyzowski made clear, despite being held at the social club, the event is “open to the general public.”
“You don’t have to be a member of the VFW,” she said. “Anyone can come in and get information to take home to a loved one. It’s open to anybody who wants to come in ...”
Pyzowski said the agencies are “very excited” to be able to offer the event and said she is pleased with the response from the local and regional agencies.
“Every year, it seems like it’s growing, so we’re hoping this year, with the help of the media, that we’ll get some more people to come and take advantage of the services offered,” she said.
Candy can be reached at cprice@huntingdondailynews.com.