Feb 2, 2015 2:52 PM by Alex Backus
A Veterans Resource Center opened Monday at the Chico Library. The center is staffed with volunteers who will assist veterans in learning about benefits available to them, including: state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits. The center has a designated section with books and a laptop.
There are an estimated 22,000 veterans in Butte County, the largest concentration is in Chico, with around 4,000 veterans. Library staff expect veterans from Glenn County to also utilize the center.
Volunteers have already lined up to assist, some of them are veterans themselves, such as Mark Thorp who served in the U.S. Army.
"Veterans have one of the highest unemployment rates, it's important to get them reconnected," Thorp explained. "Having so much responsibility within the service for a myriad of jobs, but coming back and trying to reintegrate into civilian populous is difficult."
The resource center at the Chico Library is the only center between Sacramento and Redding, and made possible through the efforts of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the California State Library, the Butte County Library and The Chico Friends of the Library.
The center will be open 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to noon Thursdays. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Chico Library.
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