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More than 150 veterans from the District, Maryland, and Virginia were celebrated at the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s eighth annual Veterans Appreciation Event.

The event is a one-stop shop for a multitude of services including housing, job opportunities, legal services, and haircuts. Veterans received a sit-down breakfast and listened to motivational speakers. Following the speaking program, veterans went from booth to booth to fulfill their needs.

“Because of the brave men and women sitting here in this room and countless others, we all can cherish the liberties, freedoms, and opportunities this country affords us. As an agency, we strive to safely house all of our customers, including our veterans and their families. But we know that isn’t where our help should stop—especially not for those who bravely protected our nation. We can do a little more,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett addressing the veterans at The Arc Theatre in Ward 8 on November 8. “Today, our agency—and all of these other government and community organizations—is here to let you know what else we can do for you.”

The veterans also received words of encouragement and inspiration from one of DCHA’s most recent homeowners, Sharod Wade. A former U.S. Marine, Wade along with his wife, a U.S. Air Force veteran, faced homelessness twice before they were guided by a member of the Veterans Administration to a traditional housing complex for veterans called Fendall Heights in Southeast. From there, Wade received a VASH, or Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, voucher. He then worked hard to turn that voucher in owning his new home in Northeast.

“Regardless of where you are or how you define your journey, you are not defined by your current circumstances,” said Wade, now the director of operations for the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs. “No matter how distant or bleak the path to your goal is, as long as you don’t quit on yourself, you will reach that goal.”

The event is hosted by DCHA, which partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, D.C. Department of Employment Services, and nearly a dozen other community and government organizations to offer their specialized services to the veterans.

 

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