Columbia Vet Center resource fair for veterans

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Vet Center is hoping to help veterans in need by holding a resource fair Friday.

"We will be a resource for veterans to come in and ask questions. Education to counseling, we help them out," Outreach Coordinator Mark Johnson said. 

This Veteran Center is one of only four around Missouri. Most of the staff are veterans. They're hoping to see many of their comrades at the fair.

"We're trying to get at least 50 to 100 veterans here. We'll have 25 vendors coming out. We're just trying to get a crowd here, spread the word, and just to help them out," Johnson said.

In addition to helping veterans to readjust to civilian life, the center also offers family support groups.

"We're here to help them out, and their families as well," Johnson said.

Resources available Friday will include veteran organizations from St. Louis and Kansas city, the Missouri Veterans Commission, veterans service officers, education services, counseling services and disability compensation claim help.

Suits for Soldiers will be offering suits for veterans in the job market.

"You never leave a soldier behind in combat, we don't leave them behind as a veteran as well," Johnson said. 

The fair will be held at the center, 4040 Rangline Street, on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.