Attorney General Beau Biden announced July 3 that his office will sponsor a Delaware Military and Veterans Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, at Delaware State University in Dover. This free, one-day event is open to active and reserve members of the United States military and Delaware National Guard, veterans, and their families.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to those in uniform who have sacrificed to serve our country and protect our freedoms,” Biden said. “Our Military and Veterans Resource Fair is one small way we’re giving back to those who have given so much. At this event on July 30 in Dover we’re bringing state and federal government agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations that provide programs and other services to members of the military and their families together in one place. I encourage all members of our active duty and reserves, military veterans, and their families to join us on July 30 and be connected with the many services available to them.”
The event will feature remarks by Holly Petraeus, director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs for the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as presentations by staff from Biden’s Fraud and Family divisions, representatives from the Delaware State Housing Authority, and others. These presentations will highlight the many state and federal benefits and resources available to members of the armed forces and their families.
Informational tables will be staffed on-site to connect attendees to a wide range of state resources.
Petraeus’s office and other federal agencies enforce the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides special federal legal protections to military personnel. Dating back to the Civil War, the SCRA protects members of the military from having to defend themselves against most civil proceedings, such as foreclosure, while they are serving their country on active duty or are forced to move because of their military service. The federal SCRA also protects servicemembers who have to break leases or contracts due to military deployment.
Delaware servicemembers will soon benefit from a state version of the SCRA which is set to be signed by Gov. Jack Markell. This legislation, Senate Bill 206, championed by Biden, incorporates the federal act into a state law and also expands the SCRA by extending relief to members of the Delaware National Guard who are called into active military service for the State of Delaware for a period of more than 30 consecutive days.
The fair will take place at DSU’s Martin Luther King Student Center, near the main campus entrance at 1200 North DuPont Highway, Dover. No RSVPs are necessary. Updated information about the event, including a schedule, will be posted at http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/.