By Victoria Merlino
Queens College will host New York state’s first-ever Veterans Resource Fair on April 9, enabling veterans and service members from across the city and state to meet over 40 different government and community organizations that can help them with needs like housing and education.
Organized by New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, Queens Vet Center and the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), the fair will also assist with health, legal matters, job opportunities, mental health support and LGBTQ+ resources.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New York City is home to more than 210,000 service members and veterans, with 58,815 — or 27.9 percent — living in Queens, which is the highest percentage of the five boroughs, according to the 2016 American Community Survey and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs data. Around 3,400 veterans attend one of the 25 CUNY campuses, and over 12,000 students use their GI Bill in New York City universities each year, according to DVS.
“Don’t forget to our RSVP to our Veterans Resources Fair!! 40+ organizations that are intended to help our veterans get the help they need! All veterans and their families are welcome!!” a Twitter account for Queens College veterans wrote.
The Veterans Resource Fair will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on the 4th Floor at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. To RSVP, text 657-291-1101.