Veterans Expo
             
Veterans Expo 2016

Thank you to all of the veterans and exhibitors who participated in this year’s expo and made it such a great success. If you are looking for more information about the exhibitors who took part, or you were unable to attend but are in need of assistance, check out the information and web links below.

As always, assistance is available by contacting my Blue Bell office at 610-277-3230.

Alfa Laval: A veteran-friendly organization, the company is leading global supplier of products and solutions for heat transfer, separation and fluid handling through key products, including heat exchangers, separators, pumps and valves.
                                  
Alpha Bravo Canine
: Train service dogs for U.S. military veterans suffering with PTSD/TBI or other combat-related disabilities

American Legion Post 901: Committed to serving the community by mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continuing devotion to fellow service members and veterans.

American Red Cross: Provides support to service members, veterans and their families. 

Angel Flight East: Provides free air transportation to qualified patients by coordinating flights to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times. 

Canine Partners for Life: Provides professionally trained service and companion dogs to help increase the independence and quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities or who are in other situations of need. 

DeSales University ACCESS Program: Provides lifelong learners with a liberal arts education and professional training.

The Entrepreneur’s Source: Helps people explore career alternatives and become educated on options that can include veteran discounts.

                                      
Graduate! Philadelphia
: Offers free impartial advising and support services to all adults, including veterans, who wish to complete a college degree.

Gwynedd-Mercy University: Offers convenient, flexible continuing education programs to help active-duty military personnel and veterans prepare for a civilian career. Benefits may include money for books and fees, a stipend for living expenses, up to $934 per credit in tuition and a 15 percent military discount for active duty and veterans.

Higher Ed Assist: Provides free higher education counseling to military members and families.

LaSalle University: Office of Graduate and Adult Enrollment helps prospective students, including veterans, in the application process for undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Meghan’s Foundation: Offers free trauma sensitive programs of yoga and meditation for veterans and active duty service members to help address the symptoms of PTSD. 

Merck: Job opportunities to transition to civilian life. 

Montgomery County Community College, Veterans Resource Center: The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides services and assistance to veterans, service members and spouses/dependents with their transition to college. Services include but are not limited to VA work study opportunities, Student Veteran Organization (SVO) meeting headquarters, Veteran Service Team (VST) meetings, a veteran lounge and computer area, assistance with VA educational benefits, VA educational certifying officials, general VA information and more.


Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds: Provides veterans with a veteran photo ID card that entitles them to discounts or incentives at almost 500 businesses recruited to participate in the program.
  

Montgomery County Treasurer: Serves as the custodian of all county funds and is responsible for payments of county taxes and fees, grants and other monies. Additionally, the Treasurer manages payments for all funds for obligations incurred by the county. The office’s licenses bureau sells various state licenses including dog licenses, hunting and fishing licenses as well as small games of chance licenses. 

Montgomery County Veterans Affairs: Provides information to Montgomery County veterans, their dependents, and survivors regarding their rights and the various county, state and federal benefits they may be entitled to receive and assists them to apply for these benefits. The office also records and maintains the county’s veteran grave registration records.

Montgomery County Vet Center: Provides professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, working with other community agencies, and acts as a liaison between the veteran and other services in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Operation Homefront: Support services for military families. 

PA CareerLink of Montgomery County: Helps local businesses find, hire, train and retain a premiere workforce. 

PA Hero Walk: This nonprofit group of volunteer veterans and patriots raises donations and public awareness to help Pennsylvania veterans in need, from any era of service.

PA Housing Finance Agency

PA National Guard Transition Assistance: To provide assistance and education to veterans currently serving service members and their immediate family members concerning benefits.

RSVP APPRISE: Provides free and confidential guidance and information on Medicare and how it will coordinate with your veteran coverage.
                      

The Partnership TMA: Provides information and application assistance on local transportation services including SEPTA, Transnet and Amtrak in order to increase mobility for veterans.
                           

Travis Manion Foundation: Empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

                 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Provides veterans and their loved ones with a variety of government services and programs.
                    

U.S. Small Business Administration: Helps veterans become entrepreneurs and helps veterans expand their businesses by offering counseling, access to capital and government contracting opportunities.
                                 
Corporal Michael Crescenz VA Medical Center: Provides the highest quality health care for veterans. VA provides a comprehensive medical benefits package, including physical and mental health care.

Vets Journey Home: Offers FREE weekend retreats to veterans, providing a safe place for vets to share their stories without judgment and begin to heal the wounds, trauma and moral injuries they may be carrying as a result of their military service. VJH creates a community of trust and support where all veterans can experience a homecoming of honor and respect.

Veterans Multi-Service Center: Provides services, programs, opportunity and advancement to veterans of the U.S. military and their families.
                             

Veterans Upward Bound, University of Pennsylvania: Provides intensive pre-college academic courses and comprehensive supportive services to promote the academic development of veterans towards the pursuit of a post-secondary education.

Vietnam Veterans Chapter 349 

Washington Crossing National Cemetery: Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
                            

Wounded Warrior Project: Provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.