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 […]

 

Juniata Park: Puerto Rican Veterans Honor Successes

Juniata Park: Puerto Rican Veterans Honor Successes

Latin American Veterans in Philadelphia are remembering their success after a long history of service to their communities. “We need role models,” said Juvencio Gonzalez, outreach coordinator for State Senator Mike Stack. “When they went [to war] they didn’t have Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks.” The veterans of United States’ 65th Infantry, nicknamed […]

 

South Street: Words are Mightier Than the Sword for Veterans

South Street: Words are Mightier Than the Sword for Veterans

Lamont B. Steptoe said that when he returned from Vietnam, he was ready to buy a gun. In the wake of a much-debated war, the veteran was so frustrated with his country that he said he was ready to become a “home-grown terrorist.” Instead, Steptoe picked up a pen. He joined Warrior Writers, a veterans-focused arts […]

 

Center City: Camouflage Inside The Union League

Center City: Camouflage Inside The Union League

The Union League of Philadelphia has always had ties to the military, beginning with its inception in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union. The elite, members-only club is continuing this tradition through its Veterans Initiative, which launched in March. Earlier this year, Union League member and Army veteran Mary Hagy got together with […]

 

University City: Richard Kydd and A Legacy of Service

University City: Richard Kydd and A Legacy of Service

During his 19 years in the Philadelphia School District, Richard Kydd always wanted his students to feel open asking questions in class. Now as a science teacher for veterans at the University of Pennsylvania, he said nothing’s changed. “There have been a lot of science teachers that didn’t answer questions,” said Kydd, who joined Veterans Upward Bound, […]

 

Veterans’ Affairs: Leadership Boot Camp

Veterans’ Affairs: Leadership Boot Camp

The question “if not me, then who?” is central to a new program developed by the Travis Manion Foundation. In the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion was killed when his group was attacked while searching a suspected insurgent’s home. Inspired by his service his family created the Travis Manion Foundation in his honor. […]

 

Veterans Affairs: The Philadelphia Guide to Veteran Resources

Veterans Affairs: The Philadelphia Guide to Veteran Resources

With so many organizations, figuring out whom to trust for help can be difficult for Philadelphia veterans. Some services will even come to veterans directly, like the mobile resource center based out of the Philadelphia Regional Benefits Office on Wissahickon Avenue (pictured above). Here are five essential resources that aim to help veterans with everything […]

 

Center City: The Veterans Advisory Commission, a One-stop Shop for Vets

Center City: The Veterans Advisory Commission, a One-stop Shop for Vets

On the door to Room 127 on the ground floor of City Hall, the “5 p.m.” closing time sign is peeling off. Scott Brown, director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, leads the agency established by City Council in 1957 to help connect veterans with social service needs. Brown said the peeling-off 5 p.m. sign is […]