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Arc meeting May7

SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2013
The community is invited to the May 7 meeting of the Arc of Southern Virginia at 6:30 p.m. in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital.

The topic is “Serving Those Who Served” and is about the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Guest speaker is Delano L. Medley, outreach resource specialist for Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Prince Edward and Sussex Counties.

“We are very much looking forward to this program,” said Elsie Gladding, charter member of the Arc of Southern Virginia. “Local chapters of the Arc are working in collaboration with veterans organizations and community groups to raise awareness concerning the needs of veterans and their families. Service members who acquired their disability before the age of 22, such as through traumatic brain injury, may also meet the definition for having a developmental disability. The Arc of Southern Virginia is pleased to partner with the Wounded Warrior Program and community veterans groups in reaching out to serve our veterans and their families.”

A veteran himself, Delano L. Medley is the Outreach Resource Specialist/Case Manager for the Central Region Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP.) His broad experience includes eight years as a Halifax County Deputy Sheriff and service in the Virginia Army National Guard from 1997 through 2006, which included a combat tour in Iraq. With skills in criminal justice, psychology and professional counseling, he is well equipped to offer a full array of services readily available to all Virginia veterans, members of the National Guard, Armed Forces Reserves and their families.

The VWWP, founded in 2008, is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services and the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services. Medley’s office is located at Southside Community Services Board and he may be reached at 434.572.6916 ext 310 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information visit http://www.WeAreVirginiaVeterans.org.

Serving Halifax, Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties, The Arc of Southern Virginia advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, working to foster full inclusion and active participation in the community for the enrichment of the lives of these individuals and their families by providing community education, support, information and referral with a strong emphasis on youth and adult self-advocacy.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital. The meetings are free and advance registration is not required.

No time for supper? If desired, participants may bring a bag supper or purchase a carry out supper form the hospital’s Bellwood Café.

For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434.222.8931.


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