Veterans’ Affairs

 

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze has seen a surge in development in the last few years, which is causing concern over the increasing prices for rental units. On Feb. 9, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) received approval from the Philadelphia Vacant Property Review Committee for two parcels in Point Breeze that will become the Mamie Nichols Townhomes. WCRP, an organization […]

 

Logan: ‘Housing First’ Model Helps Homeless Navigate New Path to Stability

Logan: ‘Housing First’ Model Helps Homeless Navigate New Path to Stability

When Pamela Jenkins received her house keys, she decided that nobody would kick her out. After years of chronic homelessness, she now resides in a furnished apartment in Northeast Philadelphia. For Jenkins (above), Pathways to Housing PA has replaced uncertainty with stability. Unlike shelters and transitional housing facilities, the organization’s “housing first” model does not require […]

 

Port Richmond: The “Not” Forgotten One

Port Richmond: The “Not” Forgotten One

Philadelphia has a reputation of honoring fallen war veterans from an array of different wars. Some of the more notable memorials consist of the, Doughboys World War One Memorial at 2nd and Spring Garden streets, the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial located on Front Street between Spruce and Delancey streets and the African American War Memorial […]

 

Kensington: A Lot Of Heart Has Gone Into Revitalizing A Community

Kensington: A Lot Of Heart Has Gone Into Revitalizing A Community

In the heart of Kensington, one corporation has made it its mission to be a source of hope to everyone, from children to veterans to recently released inmates. The multitude of projects currently in development are set to have significant impacts on the community. Impact Services Corporation has been serving the Kensington section of Philadelphia since […]

 

South Philadelphia: PTSD and the Vietnam War, a Combination Not To Be Forgotten

South Philadelphia: PTSD and the Vietnam War, a Combination Not To Be Forgotten

“It’s the guilt thing,” said Dave McCallum. As he made his way up the familiar steps at the corner of Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard, he placed his hand on a wall. This wall, the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (shown below),  lists the names of more than 600 fallen men from Philadelphia who lost their lives while serving […]

 

West Philadelphia: Veterans Manage PTSD With The Hope For A Brighter Future

West Philadelphia: Veterans Manage PTSD With The Hope For A Brighter Future

When Thomas Adams was just a child, he was frequent witness to his mother’s ferocious fights with her boyfriend. Adams, now a Marine Corps veteran, was so afraid that his mother would be hurt that he’d dart across the street to ask the bar maid to call 911. Another time, he woke up to the […]

 

Veterans Affairs: Discovering Culture Through Education

Veterans Affairs: Discovering Culture Through Education

This post is part of a series covering an educational trip planned by University of Pennsylvania students for the men and women enrolled in the Veterans Upward Bound program. You can find more information here and here.   All of the Veterans Upward Bound students had different aspects of their Washington trip that they were most […]

 

Veterans Affairs: Penn Student Enlightened by Time Spent with Veterans

Veterans Affairs: Penn Student Enlightened by Time Spent with Veterans

This post is part of a series covering an educational trip planned by University of Pennsylvania students for the men and women enrolled in the Veterans Upward Bound program. You can find more information here and here.   Josh Michnowski is one of the members of the Black Diamond Team that has benefited personally from […]

 

Veterans Affairs: College Students and Local Vets Journey to Our Nation’s Capitol

Veterans Affairs: College Students and Local Vets Journey to Our Nation’s Capitol

This post is part of a series covering an educational trip planned by University of Pennsylvania students for the men and women enrolled in the Veterans Upward Bound program. You can find more information here and here. It’s happened a hundred times before: a Werner bus idling in the early morning hours, awaiting departure for a […]

 

North Philadelphia: Addressing Veteran Homelessness

North Philadelphia: Addressing Veteran Homelessness

American military veterans can return home from service facing a number of uncertainties. Employment concerns, education, family life and the task of assimilating into everyday society all pose common obstacles. Civilian life does not demand the regimented routine that many veterans become used to while in the military. For some vets, that lack of structure […]

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