Thank you. Before I read my section, let me acknowledge the late and great Lucien Blackwell, who was a Korean War veteran, and Ed Speller from the Veterans Advisory Commission, who could not be here today.
Whereas, veterans offer our city a talented and experienced pool of leaders, workers and neighbors; and
Whereas, many vets face challenges in living to their fullest potential because of the injuries, both mental and physical, suffered during their service; and
Whereas, in 2012, Philadelphia became the first city in America to offer a tax credit to employers hiring returning vets which will be assessed and modified as needed in 2014; and
Whereas, in 2012, a coalition was formed to include the City of Philadelphia, the Department of Veteran Affairs and other partner non-profit organizations, such as the Veterans Multi-Service Center, to end veteran homelessness in Philadelphia by the end of 2014; and