Meeting at the East Mauch Chunk WWII Memorial in the borough of Jim Thorpe, State Rep. Doyle Heffley, 122nd District wished to bring attention to the upcoming Veterans Expo to be held on July 1st from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Area High School in the auditorium.

The Expo is a tribute in recognition of all servicemen who have served since Gulf War One from 1990 onwards.

"This Veterans Expo will be there for them to get information from the state agencies, from the VA, or from our county agencies on different programs that are out there wether they be employment opportunities or benefits assistance."

"Also, there will be a ceremony there to recognize the veterans for their service."

"Since the Iraq War has ended, there hasn't been a parade or anything done for our veterans that have served us so well in this last campaign of the war on terrorism."

"I just thought it fitting that we recognize and honor those folks and Director of Veterans Affairs, Henry Desrosiers, the Navy Club of Carbon County, and the veterans groups here in Carbon County have just been phenomenal in assisting us in putting this together."

Speaking in support of the event, Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko said "we're here in support of this. I remember the first time when we had the Persian Gulf War, I was borough council president at the time and our local Legion saw that every veteran that came home received a welcome home parade."

"The community really came out in support of it and, until this day, those veterans still come up to me and say how they remember that and how great it felt to come back home."

"Now to see that Representative Heffley and everyone here today is going to do it on a county-wide basis, I think its phenomenal because these veterans deserve our thanks."

"Its great that its right here in the county seat and I just ask that everybody come out and support that event."

Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs, Henry Desrosiers noted that the Expo is for veterans from the first Persian Gulf War in 1990 up until the present day which includes the first Persian Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraq Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.

"That includes everyone that fought in the global war on terrorism up to present."

"They can contact my office as the Director of Veterans Affairs, Henry Desrosiers at (570) 325-3986. We're open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."

"There are registration forms available as we are going to need some pertinent information for Representative Heffley."

Desrosiers added that "we're looking to get as many veterans as we can who wish to participate."

It is recommended that they register as soon as possible, preferably by June 1st, so that they can get this information to Representative Heffley for the July 1st program.

Representative Heffley's office also can be contacted in Lehighton at (610) 377-6363.

Eligible veterans can also contact their local veterans organizations for the applications that they will then send in to Representative Heffley.