PHILADEPHIA, DEC. 6, 2011 — The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on employment issues facing veterans returning home from military service.  This discussion will focus particularly on employment challenges, job training and workforce development for returning service men and women.

Prior to the panel discussion, Sen. Anthony H. Williams will hold a brief ceremony to honor Master Sgt. Alfred DeSerio of Darby, a 105-year-old Marine veteran who served in World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, and Julius Jackson of Yeadon, an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II who served as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Photo ID is required in order to enter the Armory building.

WHO: State Sens. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Monroe/Northampton), Anthony H. Williams (D-Phila./Delaware) and members of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee
WHAT: Panel discussion on workforce solutions for returning service
men and women
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 810:15 a.m.: Brief ceremony honoring two local veterans10:30 a.m.: Panel discussion
WHERE: 103rd Engineer Battalion Armory building at Drexel University, 25 N. 33rd St., Philadelphia
DETAILS:   Panelists include:

  • William E. Blackman, Family Assistance Center specialist from the Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Anselm Sauter, public policy manager at the Greater Philadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Laura Reddick, associate director for Adult and Veterans Recruitment at Temple University
  • Kenneth Vennera, board chairman at Operation HomeFront
  • Raymond Bates, veterans employment representative for PA CareerLink at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Jerry Pendergrass, veterans service officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Media coverage is welcomed.