Community called to support veterans in transition

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Flores (from left), Command Chief Tom Golden and Capt. Wesley Eminger listen to speakers at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce's 15th annual Veteran's Day Luncheon on Friday.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Flores (from left), Command Chief Tom Golden and Capt. Wesley Eminger listen to speakers at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce's 15th annual Veteran's Day Luncheon on Friday.

— Active duty and retired military officials asked Clayton County business leaders to support veterans transitioning back into civilian life on Friday.

Community assistance for veterans was the theme of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon at the Morrow Center. Speakers talked about the need for businesses to provide employment for veterans returning home from combat zones, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the need for residents to give money to groups that help veterans who have become homeless.

“The Army knows it can’t do this alone, so it is taking a team approach by requesting assistance from other government agencies and the community to help take care of these veterans,” said Col. Pamela DeLancy, commander of the Army Nurses Corps’ AMEDD Professional Management Command at the Fort Gillem Enclave in Forest Park. DeLancy was the event’s keynote speaker.

The annual luncheon is the chamber’s effort to recognize veterans and observe Veteran’s Day, which will be Sunday. The day of remembrance is set aside as Nov. 11 each year to commemorate the end of World War I in 1918.

“The reason why we do this every year is to give the business community an opportunity to recognize current and former military officials,” said Jessica Kinard, the manager of events and programs for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce.

Servicemen and women who attended the luncheon said they were appreciative of the recognition given to them by the chamber. Several military members make a career of their service, but in a Post-9/11 world, many men and women who have enlisted in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard have had to be prepared for combat, or have actually faced real-life combat situations.

“We appreciate being recognized for the service that we’ve provided,” said Lt. Col. Alan Schrews, commander of the Southeast Army Reserve Intelligence and Support Center at the Fort Gillem Enclave.

However, Schrews added there are other heroes who don’t go off to fight in wars. “I think the real heroes are the families of the military personnel,” he said. “They are the real unsung heroes and they do not get any thanks. It’s easy when you’re assigned to a combat zone and given your orders, but it’s harder when you’re a family member back at home and you don’t know what’s going on.”

Maj. Donya Dugan, also stationed at the Southeast Army Reserve Intelligence and Support Center, said it is also hard for a serviceman or woman to leave their family behind to go into a combat zone.

“It’s one thing to be single person who is deployed overseas, but I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to be married with two kids and to have to leave them behind,” said Dugan.


OscarKnight 3 years ago

....."Clayton County Chamber of Commerce"

,,,,,,Veterans : Don't allow yourself to fall prey by this flim flam propaganda.I have already been in this situation; Right Here in Old Clayton County !!!!!

....I knew about The Affirmative Action Labor Laws, when I got out from the military, however, It didn't help me as a Vietnam Veteran, even with the Qualifications, Stable Work History,The Necessary Education, or The Years of On The Job Experiences in the private sector.

.......Clayton County is not Veteran Friendly....Trust Me and don't set yourselves up for more disappointments, Keep ears closed to this promotional hype. If you have a difficult time with unbalance hiring practices, from a employer in this county, seek the advice of an Attorney; From outside the borders of Clayton County.




OscarKnight 3 years ago

......It must be reaching towards the Veterans Day hype.

.....There should be a State or Federal Law passed, to allow for all Honorably Discharged Veterans a paid Holiday on Veteran's Day.

.....This is all they get : Happy Veteran's Day....if this. Sad, but True.

.....Every Day should be Memorial Day for Our Fallen, and Veterans Day for Our Veterans. The only way that we know this Day, is from the promotional commercial hype.

....Sad, but True.


OscarKnight 3 years ago

....When first got out of the Military, made a phone call to The Georgia Capital to inquire about any benefits, that I told that I might have. This is what I was told : "You Already have a Free Driver's License, What else do you want !!!!!" I would have not made this call, on my own, but I told by others to make this call.

.....This discouraged me from asking questions from our Government. I have the Free Drivers License, and I cut it off from there.

.....The G.I. Bill ?.....Catch : Only if your employer agrees to allow your time off, and only if it's enough to pay for your school. Many employers requires overtime (up to 12 hours), swing shifts, or sudden changes in work hours.

....Believe Me, It gets Worse.....It took me over 10 years to make equal pay, that I was making in The Military. I spent 6 active years in the Military....Trust Me; I have been the the same seat trying to make the "Transition".

......I was lost and didn't have anywhere to turn......Until one day, I stopped and ask a man for directions to this certain job that was hiring, and he told me that his employer is hiring. This is how I found my career....The First Job that was offered to me.


OscarKnight 3 years ago

....Happy Veterans Day.

....Thank You for your unselfish sacrifice to preserve our freedoms.


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