Veterans Meet to Discuss Coalition

 
Veterans from around the State gathered to discuss the Delaware Veterans Coalition.

Veterans from around the State gathered to discuss the Delaware Veterans Coalition.

Military veterans of multiple generations and conflicts met in Dover on April 6 to discuss the formation of a new coalition of Delaware veterans.

Though already members of multiple veteran organizations, they came together as individuals who believe that a coalition focused on issues affecting veterans across generations is needed to present a unified voice within the state.

Transportation for disabled veterans, job placement, housing, education, and government outreach were among the topics discussed. It was emphasized that the proposed organization would neither compete with nor take the place of existing veteran organizations.

Paul Davis

Paul Davis

“In addition to focusing on common issues, the proposed Delaware Veterans Coalition will also serve as an umbrella organization that will help educate those returning from active duty about existing programs and benefits. That includes health, education, family services and any federal or state assistance due them,” said Paul Davis, who arranged the meeting, along with veterans’ advocate David Skocik.

Mr. Davis serves as president of the Vietnam Veterans of America but said the proposed new organization will be independent of the VVA as well as other veteran organizations.

“The 80,000 veterans who call Delaware home represent a substantial part of the population. They protect our nation, serve our state, pay taxes, own businesses, vote, and should be represented on legislative councils and in state outreach programs,” said Mr. Davis. They are a source of talent that should be tapped.

David Skocik

David Skocik

“We also want to encourage those who retire from the military to stay in Delaware. They are highly trained, youthful, disciplined, productive, law abiding, engaged citizens ready to begin another career. That’s exactly the type of person we want to encourage to make the First State their home,” said Mr. Skocik.

“In addition, their military pay and benefits bring tens of millions of dollars into our economy, as do the federal facilities that serve them.”

Email delawareveteranscoalition@gmail.com for more information.

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