Veterans Resources Fair: giving our heroes a chance

Not all veterans who return from duty live like royalty. The Office of Student Life started the Veterans Resources Fair two years ago to give back to veterans who are struggling. This year’s fair was held on Nov. 2, for active military members, people who have transitioned out of the military, and for anyone looking to sign-up to serve their country.

“We are here to provide our service members with referrals to help them with any emergency services needed. We also provide them with food banks, substances abuse services, and career services. It is vitally important to give them resume assistance and provide them with information on job hunting so they can pursue the career of their dreams,” said Kimberly Archer the VA coordinator.

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs states the nation’s population of homeless veterans are predominately male with about 9% being female. The majority are single with disorders such as mental illness, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. Homeless veteran’s make up about 11% of the U.S population and mainly consist of younger adults. The veteran’s ages between 18-30 is approximately 5% and between 31-50 is approximately 23% of the veteran’s population.

Richland Veterans Department is here to help anyone who has become a statistic to get back on their feet. The students at the veterans fair had a lot of interest in serving in the military. They were mainly concerned about the benefits of serving. Army Recruiter Naima Bella highly encourages students to join

“I have been a recruiter for over 10 years and I love it. I would encourage any student to take the personal challenge to become independent and learn who they truly are so they will have a better understanding. Not everyone who comes into the Army will have to serve in the military. You could go into the Army Reserves and you wouldn’t have to go into combat fighting but it’s your choice. You could go into the Army Reserves to get your student loans paid off, then get into a four year University and join ROTC. Anyone in ROTC is non-deployable but if you have a concern with getting deployed I would recommend anyone not to join,” she said.

The U.S Army advisors gave each person who was interested a brochure and scheduled an appointment to insure each student or adult knew the responsibilities they would have to meet and the requirements of joining before going any further. If anyone has any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Archer, VA Coordinator at 972-761-6739 or email her at: