Sanders: Returning Vets Need Help
When the men and women serving in the Gulf region return, they will be celebrated—then many of them will be forgotten and left to map out their future on their own, said City Councilman James Sanders, Jr.
"Not everyone comes back whole," Sanders said adding, "There’s enough of us (Sanders served in the Marine Corp) who get lost in the cracks."
Representatives for various veterans’ affairs groups spoke—and shared a common message: vets should join a group for support and to find out about the benefits that they qualify for.
One of the most outspoken on the subject of benefits was the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Director Michael J. Handy. He said there are some very restrictive qualifications, which could prohibit many from receiving benefits. Sanders expressed an additional concern over proposed cuts to veterans’ affairs programs.
The meeting was held last week at St. Mary’s Magdalene Church, Springfield Gardens.