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July 31, 2014, 9:34 am

Rep. Brady honors vets with new living center

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady celebrated Veteran’s Day with the dedication of the new veterans’ center named after his father, Robert G. Brady.

“The opening of the service center is just a small part of the debt that we owe to our returning veterans and war heroes,” he said. “And, I am doubly proud that the Center is named for my late father who proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific.”

The center was dedicated Friday at the HELP Philadelphia Homes, in Southwest Philadelphia.

It is named after the congressman’s late father, a WWII veteran. The multi-service center building will provide office space for a wide range of supportive services for veterans and their families, community meeting rooms and a patio area.

The HELP townhouse development is a 63-unit affordable rental community for families and disabled veterans at risk of homelessness. The housing development opened this summer and is 100 percent occupied.

Brady, joined by Maria Cuomo Cole, HELP USA’s chairman of the board, said.

HELP USA is one of the country’s largest providers of housing jobs and services to America’s homeless. The opening of the Philadelphia facility was a part of HELP’s national Operation Home initiative for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and coincides with the opening of another such facility located on the Walter Reed campus.

“The struggles faced by veterans at home are often just as challenging as those they faced while at war,” Cole said. “The appealing aesthetics of the homes along with the services provided by HELP USA are essential to empowering homeless and low-income veterans to become self-reliant, and take control of their lives again.”