Veteran services

Members of the Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative honor 9/11 by helping each other

Eighteen years after the nation was forever changed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, veterans gathered in a Valencia parking lot, socializing and helping each other in Santa Clarita’s first visit with a vet event.

At the event held outside a mall on the corner of McBean Parkway and Decoro Drive, nearly 100 veterans, their families, friends and neighbors gathered to talk about the community services available, which was the idea behind the event in the first place, according to the organizers of the event’s host, the Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative.

Santa Clarita Veterans Services Collaborative Vice President David Jackson addresses the crowd at the 2019 “Thank a Vet” event. Bobby Block/The Signal.

“It’s about collaborating and bringing veterans together, talking (and) sharing ideas. Talking about different resources and things they are aware of,” said David Jackson, vice president of the nonprofit.

Jackson said that in addition to the positive energy when sharing information, it was also important for politicians to be there and see how the community can rally behind SCV troops.

“They see how this community welcomes veterans. And, so, when they make decisions at the federal, state, or county level, they know this community embraces veterans, and they listen to our veterans and our needs,” Jackson said, referring to various county officials. , state and federal government. which had representatives present.

A member of the Veteran Services Collaborative said he attended the 6 p.m. meeting because he wanted to make sure others wouldn’t have to wait as long as he did for information about available resources.

A participant speaks with a representative of the Santa Clarita Veterans Services Collaborative at the 2019 “Thank a Vet” event. Bobby Block/The Signal.

“The key thing about the collaboration is that it’s a resource center where … if a disabled veteran comes out, there’s a veterans services officer who will help them with a claim,” said Ernesto Trevizo, a Marine Corps veteran who left the military. in 2010. “There are a lot of volunteers who are very knowledgeable about real estate and pantries. … Overall, it makes everyone aware of the services offered by the collaboration.

In addition to helping with the Veterans Administration system and benefits for being a former service member, officials said the Santa Clarita Veterans Services collaboration can help in areas such as education. , housing and financial services, among others.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative, visit their website at http://www.scv-vets.org.