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The Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission was established in 1957, pursuant to City Council Resolution Number 123. This stated:

"Whereas, Many veterans are unaware of the benefits which are distributed through various departments and agencies of the City and to which they are legally entitled; and Whereas, The City desires to establish a Veterans Advisory Commission which would apprise veterans of the benefits to which they are entitled and consult with and advise City departments and agencies engaged in the distribution of such benefits..."

City Council is proud and honored to serve the veterans of the Greater Philadelphia region. City Council Veteran’s Advisory Commission (VAC) was established to proactively serve the veterans of our city by connecting them to the benefits and services they rightfully deserve. We strive to locate and refer veterans to the appropriate government or social service agencies to provide them with the counseling or services they require. We maintain continuous contact with veterans' organizations, as well as governmental and other service providers, to assess the needs of our veterans and to serve as vocal advocates to see those needs are met.

The Veterans Advisory Commission comprises veterans and those who advocate for the respect and dignity of veterans. The Commission holds regular public meetings in City Council Chambers on the 4th floor of City Hall. The Veterans Advisory Commission also sponsors the largest annual resource fair for veterans in Philadelphia. In 2015, the Veterans Advisory Commission organized the first annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade.

Veterans seeking assistance are encouraged to visit the Veterans Advisory Commission office in Room 127 of City Hall, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office is accessible from the courtyard of City Hall.