How Can Libraries Help Veteran's Affairs?
by Kelsey Dorado, NYLA Communications and Marketing Manager
This year Veteran’s Day will be on Friday, November 11 and it is a great time for libraries to reach out to their local veterans.
A good way to connect with local veterans is through U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Veteran’s Affairs aims “to fulfill President Lincoln's promise ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.” This U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has multiple partners, including the New York State Division of Veteran’s Affairs.
Many VA locations consider themselves to be “one stop shops” with all everything a veteran would need. Since VA locations like to everything in one place, it is usually better to go to them. The best way to set something up is to contact your local VA’s Voluntary Services Office or Public Affairs Officer. Through these offices libraries can set up an information presentation, a mobile library, or another type of event.
The New York State Division of Veteran’s Affairs works “closely with other State, federal, local, and private agencies, the Division of Veterans’ Affairs utilizes the expertise and resources of others to help Veterans and their families with specific needs, such as economic, employment, rehabilitation, medical treatment, home health care, education, and tax exemption.” Creating a partnership with your local VA is beneficial to both parties. It expands your libraries reach in the community, gives veterans a chance to connect with your library and gain further education, and it brings together two organizations that dedicate their time to serving their communities.