Howard County will host a free resource fair next week to provide support for veterans and their families. The Veterans Resource Fair, hosted by County Executive Calvin Ball, the Office of Veterans and Military Families (OVMF), and the Commission for Veterans and Military Families, will take place on Monday, April 8 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Howard Community College, in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Building, 4th floor.
According to a press release:
“More than 20,000 veterans reside in Howard County and this is an opportunity to provide them with a convenient, one-stop shop where they can talk face-to-face with the organizations and nonprofits that provide services, support and jobs,” said Ball. “We appreciate their selfless service and sacrifice for our country and we value them as members of our community.”
Ball is leading an initiative to collect donations of suits and professional attire, and distribute them free of charge, to assist those engaged in the job search process. Donations of new or gently used professional clothing may be dropped off through April 3 at the Department of Community Resources and Services, 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia, at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City or to Success in Style/Phil’s Closet, 8600 Foundry Street #4 New Weave Building in Savage, MD.
Also new this year, the fair will offer attendees access to free medical screening by Premier Health Express Urgent Care, a Warrior Centric Health Clinic, including blood pressure and biometrics; glucose check; dental screening; and medical and physical therapy consultations.
Entertainment will be provided by Voices of Vets, a non-profit organization which brings live music to veterans residing in veteran homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals.
Governor Larry Hogan has declared 2019 as the Year of the Veteran in Maryland to raise awareness of the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. More than 380,000 veterans live in Maryland.
Read the full press release for more information.