UNION COUNTY – The county will host a veterans job fair and resource event on Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.
“The Freeholder Board has made it a priority to offer our veterans every resource possible to successfully re-enter the work force,” Chairman Alexander Mirabella said. “Statistics show that nation-wide, young male veterans ages 18 to 24 had an unemployment rate of 29 percent in 2011.”
The upcoming job fair, which is also open to active duty military personnel, is expected to bring veterans together with over 50 employers in an effort to network and make connections for new employment opportunities.
Among the participating organizations are:
- Wells Fargo
- Johnson & Johnson
- Barnabas Health
- NJ Transit
- Helmets to Hardhats (NJ Building and Construction trades)
- Joule Staffing
With help from partners like the New Jersey Department of Labor, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Lyons Veterans Administration Medical Center and Investors Bank in Plainfield, the job fair is being offered free of charge to veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.
As part of the event representatives will be on site with information on veterans’ benefits, Social Security, and the GI Bill, as well as other state and county sponsored services. A representative from Lyons VA Medical Center will also be present to conduct health screenings.
As part of his 2012 “Putting People First Initiatives,” Mirabella recognized the need to enhance outreach to local veterans through Union County’s Office of Veterans Affairs. In addition to events like the job fair, the chairman’s initiatives include a Veteran’s Appreciation day to take place this summer in the county parks system.
Working with the Veterans Affairs office, the Department of Parks and Community Renewal is also offering Union County’s active duty military personnel a number of complementary passes to recreational programs in the county parks system during 2012.
For additional information on the Veteran’s Job Fair, contact Elizabeth L. Sebring of the Union County Department of Human Services at 1-908-527-4890 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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