November 10th, 2014
Each November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Appreciation Month. This is a time for us to acknowledge and honor the commitment the military family makes in service of our country. Tuesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
When you visit the library this month take a look at our displays celebrating those who have served and their families. Our displays will highlight our Military Family Resource Collection. This special collection of adult, children and teen books, DVDs, and children’s learning resource kits are available to connect military members and military families with the materials they need to handle the unique challenges of military life. Resources include materials about deployment, families, women’s issues, relationships, re-entering civilian live, employment, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, job training, starting a business and more.
Cecil County Public Library supports our veterans every day. With our Perryville Branch so close to Perry Point VA Medical Center, we help our veteran population is a variety of ways. We offer three veteran computer classes during the week. This time, specifically reserved for our veterans, provides an opportunity for them to learn computer skills to include basic mouse skills, internet basics and searching techniques, and email setup. With these skills our veterans are able to search and apply for jobs online. We also offer one-on-one opportunities for computer assistance to the general public, of which many veterans take advantage.
We have partnered with APGFCU to provide financial literacy and budgeting workshops to our veteran population. We have fostered a good working relationship with the VA to ensure the veterans are able to utilize our services at the library for both educational and entertainment resources.
Cecil County Public Library is available to veterans who need assistance connecting with their VA Benefits. A great place to start getting connected with VA benefits is by visiting the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs website or by contacting the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs Service Officer, Russ Biondo, at the State Office Building, 2 South Bond Street, 4th Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014 (410) 836-4900. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs was created by the State Legislature in 1999 as an executive agency with the mission of assisting veterans, active duty service members, their families and dependents, in securing benefits earned through military service.
During the week of November 10th Cecil County Public Library will be honoring our veterans in a variety of ways. Stop by your local branch of the library on November 10th for light refreshments honoring our veterans and their families. Children will also have the opportunity to write a letter to an American Soldier, to thank them for their service. The Perryville Branch will be celebrating our veterans and their families all week long.
Join us in honoring the sacrifices and contributions made by our veterans and the brave family members and loved ones of our service men and women.
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“Our nation owes each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” - President Obama