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Helping Veterans in Many Ways



Connecting veterans to the help they need in a variety of areas was the focus of the Veteran Resource and Job Fair Thursday evening at Pitt-Bradford.

Byron Sutton is a veteran employment representative for CareerLink.

A number of local businesses took part in the event.  Among those in attendance were American Refining Group, Control Chief, Graham Packaging, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., and Zippo Manufacturing.

Sutton says employers look to hire veterans due to the training that these men and women get in the military.


Zach Pearson of the McKean County Veterans Affairs Office says they were happy to be able to add the job fair aspect to the event.

The county Veterans Affairs Office is in the courthouse in Smethport.


The VA is also trying to get more women to take advantage of the services they offer.

Nadean Sitter is the director of the program for this region.

The woman’s health program offers female veterans gender-specific care such as mammography, gynecology services, and counseling services.

The VA is also making an effort to prevent suicide among veterans.

It is estimated that 20 veterans commit suicide every day, but that number is down from just a year ago. If you or a military family member is thinking about suicide, you can call the veterans crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.  The veterans crisis line is available 24/7 and is confidential.

John Gennaro, director of the Erie Veterans Administration Medical Center says living in a small community can make it hard sometimes for veterans to get the mental health services that they need without having to travel to Erie or Buffalo. The mobile vet’s center is a way for veterans to access mental health services right in their own backyard.

The VA Medical Center in Erie serves 21,500 vets throughout the tri-state area in northwestern Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio, and western New York.





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