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Published on October 20th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Jewish Community Center welcomes all veterans on November 9

All veterans in the Midlands are welcome to begin their Veterans Day festivities and recognition on Sunday, November 9 at the Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive, 29223.  Veterans and their families are invited to spend the afternoon swimming, playing, eating and relaxing from 1 – 4 p.m. It is the JCC’s way of saying thank you to veterans for dedicating a time in their lives to serving their country.

The Columbia JCC is one of six Jewish Community Centers in the country selected to participate in a pilot program called Project Welcome Home, an outreach to men and women who are returning from military service and are transitioning into civilian life.

“With Fort Jackson in our backyard and Shaw Air Force Base nearby, it’s a natural fit that our community was selected for this pilot project,” said Barry Abels, executive director of the Kahn JCC. “We want to welcome those coming home from deployment, but we also want to want to acknowledge all veterans in the community.”

The afternoon will feature an indoor swim party, bounce house, arts and crafts and hot dogs and fixings.  In addition, professionals will be available to talk to veterans about medical and employment related issues and transitioning back into the community.  Photos from recent Honor Flights from the Midlands will be featured, and much more.

Members of the JCC will also participate in the Veterans Day parade on November 11 in downtown Columbia.

For more information on Project Welcome Home contact Laney Cohen, Director of Jewish Family Service, at 787-2023 ext. 220.

 

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