LANDOVER, Md. (November 4, 2011) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will join Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow to welcome attendees and participate in the first joint Veterans Stand Down and Homeless Resource Day to provide assistance and resources to homeless veterans, homeless Prince George’s County residents and those in danger of becoming homeless. Lt. Governor Brown, County Executive Baker and Secretary Chow are co-chairing the event, which is being organized by Prince George’s County Department of Social Services in partnership with Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs, Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, and John 14:2 Inc., a non-profit dedicated to assisting homeless veterans.
“It is our obligation to serve those who have served on our behalf and events like this provide an opportunity for homeless veterans and struggling residents to get the services that they need and for the community to come together to give something back to Prince George’s County.” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We must always do more to keep Marylanders, especially our brave veterans, from falling through the cracks.”
The event provides an opportunity for homeless veterans and homeless or impoverished Prince George’s County residents to interact and form ties with peers and volunteers while receiving much needed, specific services. Organizations, private companies and state and local service providers will have stations set up where veterans can learn about what benefits they may be eligible for, receive certain specialized services (such as medical, social security benefits, social services benefits, showers, veteran benefits, mental health services, legal support, birth certificates, etc.) and be given opportunities for possible training and employment.
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources. Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act, protect veterans business loans programs and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. Earlier this year, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedsJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning service members with careers in the Federal Government.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Participate in Prince George’s County Veterans Stand Down Homeless Resource Day
WHERE: Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road
WHEN: Tomorrow, SATURDAY, November 5, 2011