Centre County workshop to highlight services available for veterans

There’s support out there for the area’s military veterans, and Centre County officials want to make sure they know it.

Two county groups are presenting a workshop later this month that will bring together the many programs and services offered to veterans under one roof, Centre County commissioners heard Tuesday.

“We cover the whole gamut of different things out there, different programs,” said Brian Querry, director of the county’s Veterans’ Affairs Office. “I think there’s going to be a lot of good information.”

The Centre County Council for Human Services and Link to Aging and Disability Resource Center are presenting the workshop.

Querry told the commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday that the program will feature information on health care, education benefits, treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, women’s veterans programs and other services.

Officials from the Altoona VA medical center, Penn State, South Hills School of Business and Technology and the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology will be among those on hand.

“I think this is a fantastic opportunity to let veterans know what’s out there,” said Steve Dershem, the Board of Commissioners chairman.

Natalie Corman, county Adult Services director, said the program will run all day June 23 at Celebration Hall in State College.

“We wanted this opportunity not only for human services agencies in the area to make sure we understand when working with veterans what resources are available both locally and at the state and federal (levels),” Corman said. “But also this is for veterans and active duty members themselves to attend.”

Admission is free for veterans and their families. Additional information about the program can be found on the Centre County Council for Human Services website.