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Veterans Resource Fair to be held Friday in Flint

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(11/28/12) - Genesee County is home to thousands of veterans and active duty military members.

Many of them are looking for work and trying to get health care benefits. This week, there is an opportunity to get them those resources.

"Genesee County actually has an abundant amount of veterans and currently serving military members and they are very much undeserved and so we're bringing these resources to them," said Jamiee McClelland of the Mott Community College Veterans Resource Center.

Those resources include advisers of all sorts, including health care and academic advisers. They'll all be under one roof at Mott Community College this Friday for a Veterans Resource Fair.

"The department of veteran affairs in Detroit or Saginaw, they're pretty far away from Flint and a lot of our veterans here in Flint are homeless, they may not have vehicles or transportation to get there so they may not know about a lot of those resources," McClelland said.

Thomas Yonan, an Iraq War veteran and purple heart recipient, knows how important it is to get access to the resources that will be available Friday.

He struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but luckily overcame it with the help of a counselor.

"It took a while to kind of access that I did have it. Kind of went through a slump. Talking to a counselor and got my life back on track," he said.

Friday, veterans like Yonan will be able to speak with a counselor one-on-one and set up future appointments. They'll also learn how to get free schooling.

Yonan is enrolled in the vocational rehabilitation program that helped him in school and land a job after active duty.

The Fair is on Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Event Center on Mott's campus.

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