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Library Serving Over 100 Veterans Each Month

Post Date:08/15/2017 6:25 PM

The Veterans Resource Station is one of the first things people see as they enter the Rancho Cordova Library. Books, DVDs, and pamphlets about veteran resources surround the station, and a computer is reserved for veterans to use for job applications, research, and checking emails. What is most impactful about the Veterans Resource Station, however, is the people who sit at the table five days a week.

About 20 volunteers, the majority of whom are veterans themselves or have had family members in the military, each dedicate several hours a week to help connect local veterans to their benefits and resources available to them, and their impact is growing.

“Now we’ve served over 100 people each month for the past three months.  That’s a new high for us,” said Evelyn Figeroid, Library Assistant and Coordinator for Veterans Connect at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Figeroid credited the intentional front and center placement of the station near the entrance of the library, as well as their proactive outreach and recent pop-up stations for the increase in the station’s reach. 

The volunteers are trained by the California Department of Veterans Affairs and simply want to help those who have served. They do not always know who or how they will be helping on any given day, and on some days, no one stops by the station. But on other days, the staff and volunteers who run the Veterans Resource Station, have a big impact on peoples’ lives. 

Making resources more accessible, connecting veterans to support groups or personal contacts, or simply being a good listener can make all the difference for some veterans who visit the Veterans Resource Station. They’ve dealt with everything from elder abuse cases, homelessness, medical needs, financial challenges, and more.

It isn’t unusual for it to take some time and perhaps a few visits to the station before some veterans are ready and willing to accept benefits available to them. Nor is it unusual for some veterans to open up and share stories from decades ago for the first time to volunteers at the Rancho Cordova Library. But, what some veterans experience at the Veterans Resource Station becomes a story in itself.

“Stuff happens here in the middle of the library. It’s kinda cool,” said Figeroid.

Volunteers staff the Veterans Resource Station at the Rancho Cordova Library at various times from Tuesday-Saturday year-round. On Saturday, August 19th at 2 p.m., movie creator George Retelas will present a free film screening of his movie Eleven, a moving and fascinating film celebrating the honor and bravery of World War II veterans. More information can be found at www.saclibrary.org/Locations/Rancho-Cordova/

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