2012-06-20 / Front Page

Meng Pledges Vet Support On Flag Day

Assemblymember Grace Meng last Thursday discussed important issues for our nation’s veterans in Juniper Park in Middle Village. In just a few weeks, the Vietnam traveling memorial wall will be coming to Juniper Park. This traveling memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington. Meng stated: “Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed so much for their country and they deserve the best from us. When I am in Congress, I will be a fierce advocate for the needs of veterans - whether they are health needs, employment opportunities, housing or education access. As our men and women return home from Afghanistan and Iraq, they must have access to services. With our current economic woes and the budget battles in Washington, we cannot let our veterans’ services fall behind. In fact, we have to fight even harder to protect and enhance services.” Along with current and past veterans, Meng discussed the need to enhance and develop more Veteran Service Centers in the city, which are crucial to assisting veterans’ needs. They act as a one-stop shop for veterans to access programs, gain assistance with paperwork, and cut through red tape in order to best serve their needs. Meng also pledged to fight for more funding to enrich St. Albans V.A. Hospital, which serves many veterans in Queens and the rest of the city. Queens is home to roughly 67,000 veterans - the largest population of veterans in the city. There are currently over 20 million veterans in the United States.

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