The transition process from service member to civilian is tough on many fronts—and for some, the most difficult part is finding meaningful employment. When I returned home from Iraq, I worked at a local news station in New York from 3:30 to 9:00 AM and attended school full-time. I could only maintain this schedule for so long until I traded in the early morning shifts for waitressing at night. While it was work, I wanted something more—especially after college.
At VA, we are collaborating with U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House to help Veterans find meaningful work through the “Hiring Our Heroes” program. Below you’ll find a list of hiring events located throughout the country from July 19 to July 30, 2012. If you don’t see your state listed, don’t worry! I’ll continuously update the blog with new dates and locations throughout the year—so be sure to check back.
July 19, 2012 – Irving, TX from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Irving Convention Center
July 19, 2012 – Eugene, OR from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Lane County Armed Forces Reserve Center
July 24, 2012 – Florence, KY from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the American Legion Boone Post #4
July 24, 2012 – Joint Base Lewis- McChord, WA – Military Spouse Event from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Club at McChord Field Bldg 700
July 26, 2012 – Philadelphia, PA from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Lincoln Financial Field
July 26, 2012 – Glen Ellyn, IL from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the College of Dupage
July 27, 2012 – Romney, WV details to come.
July 30, 2012 – Butler, PA from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium
July 30, 2012 – Fredericksburg, VA from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the American Legion Post #290
If you’re thinking about attending one of the hiring fairs, stop by VA for Vets Career Center to see how your military skills translate and to build or update your resume. You can find a complete list of upcoming hiring events on Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Best of luck!