annual veterans only job fair is coming to the Salem VA Medical Center Tuesday.
Charles Morris has a
job but he's looking for a new one.
"There's always a
chance to be better, there's always chance to be better" said Morris.
The Army veteran
works in the kitchen at the Salem VA Medical Center. He'll be one of the
hundreds of veterans expected at the second annual veteran only job fair.
"The job situation out here is really bad. it's hard for veterans, extremely hard for veterans because the employers are also aware of some of the problems that come along with being a veteran" said Morris.
"Sometimes when you
come out of the military it's easy to find work and sometimes avenues might be
more restricted" said Tim Woodrum is the chief of social work service at the Salem
VA. "All of us have special skills so we want to utilize them. Some people's
abilities are underutilized so this is a good way to match good quality employers
with good quality veterans."
Morris is thankful
thirty employers want to meet the military members.
"It makes me feel
good. that's all we want as veterans is feel like we're wanted again, to feel
like we're a part of something because in the past we haven't had that good of
a reputation" said Morris.
The Salem Veterans Affairs (VA)
Medical Center, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Virginia Wounded Warrior
Program, and Roanoke VA Regional Office are partnering to sponsor the job fair.
The event will be held in the Salem VAMC Auditorium (Building 5) on Tuesday,
April 30, 2013 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Thirty employers will be available
to discuss job opportunities and offer assistance to Veterans in completing the
application process. Staff will be on hand to assist with application
submissions, resume preparation, and tips and tools to help Veterans get hired.
Information on Veteran benefits and resources will be available.
"We realize many Veterans
returning from military service are faced with challenges in finding gainful
employment. We are very proud to be in partnership with VEC, Wounded Warrior
Program, and many area employers who have expressed an interest in hiring and
working with Veterans. Veterans bring a wide array of experience, skills, and
training which make them ideal candidates for many positions," stated Dr.
Miguel LaPuz, Salem VAMC Director.
Watch for more information on the Salem VAMC website www.salem.va.gov , and on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SalemVAMC .
more information about the job fair, please call: 1-540-982-2463, ext. 2520 or
toll free number at 1-888-982-2463, ext. 2520.
following employers will be there:
1. Tecton Products
2. VA Tech
3. Member One
5. Goodwill Industries
6. Virginia State Police
7. Kissito Healthcare
8. ACS Dish-Roanoke
10. R. R. Donnelly
11. US Foods
12. Carilion Health System
13. Lawrence Transportation
14. Carter Machinery
15. American General Life
16. Dynax America
17. Branch Banking & Trust (BB & T)
18. Berglund Farrell Automotive Group
19. American Electric Power (AEP)
20. Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)
21. The Homestead
22. City of Roanoke
23. Elizabeth Arden
25. Western Virginia Regional Jail
26. AXA Advisors
27. Dish Network (Call Center-Christiansburg)
28. Advance Auto
29. Frito Lay/Pepsico
30. Salem VA Medical Center HR/Personnel