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Title: Our Turn to Serve

by Kara Eppel, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

When I walk outside of my home, work, or school, there is one common thing I see: the American flag. While our veterans have fought hard for this flag, when they end their service some experience issues re-entering the workforce, finding housing, and accessing physical and mental healthcare.

The Baltimore County Homefront Work Group gathers resources to assure that these men and women receive the assistance they deserve.

Baltimore County Homefront provides case management for healthcare and housing services as well as career counseling to veterans. The work group includes representatives from Baltimore County and federal agencies, veterans organizations, community based organizations and government agencies from surrounding counties. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss housing, healthcare, advocacy, employment and benefits for veterans. Veterans are invited to attend these meetings and add vital input on policy, strategies and services.

Larry Simmons, Special Assistant to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Co-Chair of the Baltimore County Homefront Work Group says “this is one of the most rewarding responsibilities I have with county government. The Homefront Work Group has so much to offer our veterans.”

Baltimore County Homefront has sponsored veterans housing and health fairs, Flag Day celebrations, and annual veterans employment fairs at the Baby Boomer-Senior Expo. The group also holds food and clothing drives for veterans as well as provides people living in homeless veteran camps with meals, clothes, and medical assistance.

Sergeant First Class Greg Wood says that “organizations like this are a godsend. It’s amazing how many military providers there are for veterans, and how expedient and eager they are to help.”

Homefront Services for veterans and their families

What can the Homefront Work Group do for a veteran or the family of a veteran? Do you need affordable housing, subsidized healthcare, or financial assistance? Have you dreamed of going to college but never had the ability to afford the tuition? Do you need help finding employment or are you looking for legal help?

Contact the Baltimore County Homefront Work Group through Maryland’s Veteran Hotline at 1-877-770-4801.

Veterans have served us well. Now it is our turn to serve them.

Revised September 11, 2017