Harford to Hold Veterans Resource Fair, Honor Local Veterans

Harford County is celebrating veterans with an online photo gallery of honor beginning November 1 and a free resource fair on Saturday, November 13. 

Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day, and many Maryland counties will be celebrating and honoring service members and their families. Harford County requests submissions of photos of local veterans, living or deceased, along with information about their service, for the county’s online photo gallery in order to pay tribute to local heroes. Photos will be posted on the Harford County James V. “Capt’n Jim” McMahan Commission on Veterans Affairs and on the county website. Submission forms and instructions are posted on the county’s website.

According to a County press release, Harford will also hold a Veterans Resource fair on Saturday, November 13, for veterans, all active-duty military, and their families.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on Saturday, November 13 at the Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main Street. The theme of this year’s fair is “Veterans Mental Health, From Awareness to Action.”

Veterans, all military, and their families are welcome to this one-stop event for information about veterans’ healthcare and benefits, printed guides to resources and local businesses that offer veteran discounts, and more. Veterans can also enter a drawing for a big screen TV and one of three $250 gift cards sponsored by APG Federal Credit Union. A grab-and-go lunch from Mission BBQ will be provided. Masks will be required indoors.

For veterans and those who support them, representatives from Harford County Department of Community Services will offer suicide prevention training known as QPR (question, persuade, refer).  The training will be held in the lower level of the armory from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The training is free, but space is limited. Register by emailing odcp@harfordcountymd.gov or calling 410-638-3333.

At the fair, representatives from the VA and veterans service organizations will discuss and check on claims, help veterans sign up for VA healthcare, and answer questions about the GI Bill. Invited exhibitors include Veterans Benefits Administration, VA MD Health Care System (VAMHCS), Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Humana Military (Tricare Administrator), VFW and DAV, and Maryland Vet Center for free counseling and referrals.

“It’s important for our veterans, military personnel and their families to know how much we appreciate them,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “I encourage residents to send in photos for our online gallery and join me at the resource fair. Thanks to the members of my veterans’ commission, Harford County will continue our tradition of honoring those who have served our nation.”

Stay in touch with the Harford County’s veterans commission on Facebook, by emailing vetcommission@harfordcountymd.gov or calling 410-638-4109, ext. 1813.

Useful Links:

Read the full County press release.
Learn more about the Harford County Commission on Veterans Affairs.
Submit photos of Harford County veterans.