The Delaware Veterans Coalition met Jan. 30 for its bimonthly meeting at FOP Lodge 3, Kitts Hummock.

In addition to guest speaker Maj. Kurt A. Schmidbauer, commander of the 436th Comptroller Squadron and Wing Staff Agencies, representatives of the University of Delaware's Blue Hen Veterans addressed the membership, as did Brandon Stewart, of Delaware Technical College's Veterans Inspiring Progress program. Stewart was appointed the Coalition's Kent County representative at the meeting.

The coalition, now in its sixth year, is reaching out to all generations of the state's veterans, including active duty, National Guard, recently discharged and retired.

"We represent common values of service and shared experience," said Coalition President Dave Skocik. "Nearly 10 percent of Delawareans, not counting our families, are veterans who bring talent, leadership, salary, retirement and disability pay, federal educational benefits and medical facilities that employ hundreds of people."

The Delaware Veterans Coalition is a statewide, nonprofit, lobbying organization that advocates with elected and appointed public officials on issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans. Membership is open to honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware. Meetings are open to veterans regardless of membership.

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