The Albuquerque occasion brings sources for veterans and the neighborhood

Veterans in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico received 13 resources on suicide prevention, health care, tuition, and employment at the inaugural Student-Veterans Resource Fair on November 15 at the American Legion Post.

Paul Espinoza, National Executive Committee Committee of the New Mexico Department and commander of Post 13, said this event is important “because we have an enormous number of veterans asking about these resources.”

The event in Post 13 was attended by 25 employers and 21 resource agencies and organizations. Planning for the event began in June with a committee made up of members from Post 13. Veterans Resource Centers at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College; and the state departments for Veterans Services and Workforce Solutions.

The event also included breakout sessions on adaptability and funding resources available to veterans. Free tickets for Veterans, Active Service Providers, National Guard, and Reservists to the Freedom to Ride Rail Runner, a public transportation system across the state; and a celebration of the American Legion’s 100th anniversary.

While the event was aimed at veterans, it was also open to the community.

“I think the event worked out tremendously,” said Espinoza.

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