Expo touted as the area’s ‘single largest military resource event’
WINCHESTER — A wide variety of resources, from money management courses to employers ready to hire, will be available for the military community at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Veterans Engagement Board’s 2018 Military Expo.
Adam Packham, an Army veteran and NSVCEB chairman, said the expo will be the “single largest military resource event in the history of the Shenandoah Valley.”
The expo is slated for Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Haplin-Harrison Hall at the Byrd School of Business, 600 Millwood Ave. It is open to veterans, active duty members, the National Guard, reserves, and their spouses.
The event will begin with an 11 a.m. presentation of colors followed by the guest speaker, retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Angry.
His speech will be followed by various informational sessions from noon to 4 p.m. that will cover topics including burial benefits, home owning, resume writing, job interview skills, filing disability claims, money management, online job searching, starting a business and more.
“Nothing has been seen like this in one place ever around here,” Packham said.
The expo will also feature 45 informational booths from organizations that provide services to the military such as the Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Blue Ridge Hospice. Also present will be 11 employers who are hiring.
“The importance of this is bringing together all of the resources that are out there for our military community together in one group to make some serious changes to the benefits and rights they are owed due to their sacrifices to the country,” Packham said.
A networking period will be followed by an open forum from 5:30 to 7 in which Packham said attendees can voice opinions on local government and other issues. A few people who will be present during the forum include Tim Cooke, Martinsburg V.A. director; Dr. Richard Siemens, Martinsburg V.A. chief of staff; Winchester Mayor John Smith Jr.; and Anthony Barnes, a veterans liaison for Barbara Comstock.
A variety of door prizes will also be given away throughout the day and food will be served.
With everything the expo will offer, Packham said it will be “one of the greatest things that can improve the quality of life for the military community.”