Services for veterans highlighted at Philly's annual Vet Fest

Hadas Kuznits
May 09, 2018 - 2:47 pm
Vet Fest is an annual showcase of veteran services offered by the city of Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia-area veterans were celebrated in Center City on Wednesday at the sixth annual Vet Fest.

Wanda Pate-Dennis, with the Philadelphia Veterans Advising Commission, said this event, at Thomas Paine Plaza just outside the Municipal Serivices Building, was about celebrating vets and connecting them with services.

"We want people to know there are resources here for them," Pate-Dennis said. "We have so many tables!"

Patrick Love, Philadelphia County Commander for the American Legion, says Vetfest 2018 is a way to connect those who served with the services they may need.

"And it's just to let other veterans know that we're here; if you need to talk to somebody, we're here!" Love said. "Every table that you see here, in one way or another is here to help veterans."

Among the services offered at Vet Fest 2018 was a space for veterans to get haircuts.
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He enumerated the services on display. "We have Humana over here. We have the Postal Service offering jobs. We have the police department hiring. Philadelphia Fire Department's hiring. We have people over there with the mission to get service to the veterans. We have the VA here. This gentleman over here is giving haircuts to veterans that need it," Love said.

Organizers say the goal is to take care of those who served and to make sure they are healthy and safe.

"Veterans in the hood who take care of veterans where they are! We are talking about saving lives!" said Pate-Dennis. 

Unfortunately, she says many veterans suffer from homelessness and may have difficulty getting proper medical care and emotional support. "We want you to be able to go somewhere every day and be able to take a shower and be able to live humanly."