Job fair today aims to provide assistance to veterans

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Hire a Patriot to be held at American Legion Post 113

By Marty Finley

A job fair specifically aimed to place veterans in front of prospective employers makes its way to Elizabethtown this week.

The second Hire a Patriot job fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 113 on Ring Road. The event is hosted by the Office of Employment and Training in conjunction with the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Nearly 45 employers are expected to attend the job fair and interface with veterans, transitioning active duty service men and women, National Guard members, reservists and their dependents, according to a news release issued by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Those who attend the fair should be prepared to be interviewed and bring proof of military service, such as a VA or military ID card, and an updated resume, according to the news release.

“Our emphasis for this job fair will be on military veteran job seekers and companies looking to hire them. This is a great opportunity for job seekers and employers to connect in person and make multiple contacts in a short time period,” said Hector “Jim” Cruz, local veterans employment representative for the Office of Employment and Training.

Cruz in an email said employers are attending from as far away as Atlanta and St. Louis.

Cruz, in a letter to employers inviting them to the fair, said organizers expect this year’s event to be larger and more successful than the inaugural year because of the turnout and the feedback gleaned from those who participated last year.

“With Fort Knox only 17 miles from Elizabethtown and over 29,000 veterans residing in this area, plus their family members, National Guardsmen, reservists and transitioning veterans, employers will have an excellent pool of varied skills instrumental for the efficient operations of your business,” Cruz wrote in the letter to employers. “A proven, superb work ethic of discipline, dependability, loyalty and service to our nation make the veteran an outstanding potential employee.”

Cruz said the veteran unemployment rate hovers around 15 percent, higher than the national unemployment average.

“This unemployment issue has been identified at the highest level of government and it pleases me to see such a great nationwide effort to assist and care for those so much deserving our assistance,” he said in an email. “We believe in supporting our troops, even after they are no longer proudly wearing the uniform.”

For more information about the fair, call the Office of Employment and Training at (270) 766-5115.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.