BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The VFW on Veterans Avenue in Biloxi is no stranger to hosting events. On Saturday, the facility was used for a special welcome home for veterans.
The event was designed to showcase the services that can be found at the VA. Veterans were invited to walk through a display of booths outlining services such as blind rehab and suicide prevention.
Veteran Rowena Walden says she loves working with the VA and that as a veteran of four tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes it's good to have someone to talk to.
"It's just good to know that there are other people out there," Walden said.
Veteran and VA employee Mark Silverstein says the community that has been built through events like this is strong.
"It's a sense of harmony coming around other people who have served," said Silverstein. "Part of this event here is to not only educate vets, but also educate families."
According to Silverstein, the VA exists to help families as well as veterans. That's something that Larry Parker, program manager of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Gulf Coast area, is proud of.
"What we're trying to do is build a community that is on the same mission, has the same task and the same goal," said Parker.
That goal, according to Parker, is to help veterans and be there for them. Parker said he hopes to hold similar events in the near future.