Job Fairs, Grants Help Veterans Secure Jobs, Homes

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The Federal Savings Bank informs readers that states are showcasing job fares to connect veterans with employers.

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The Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service recenttly announced more than $29 million - a total of 121 grants awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

The Federal Savings Bank, an institution specialized in veteran loans has been telling veteran clients of state job fairs. States around the country are hosting job fairs where employers are seeking to connect with skilled veterans valued for their work ethic and commitment to service.

For instance, in the Fort Campbell, Ky. area, hosted a job fair for military veterans on June 26 - just one of the many military-minded job fairs taking place throughout the country as many employers showcase their allegiance to veterans as Independence Day approaches. Specifically, wounded veterans were given first priority, having access to employers beginning at 9 a.m. The job fair opened up to everyone at 10 a.m. More than 615 people - veterans and their family members - attended the fair that was sponsored by the Fort Campbell Army Career and Alumni Program office.

"We're number 16 out of 100 [for hiring military]," said Methella Green, recruiter supervisor for Patterson UTI. "We can hire military on the spot. We will open positions just for military. We like their work ethic; we like what they give back. We want to make sure since they took care of us that now it's time we take care of them."

Some employers hired veterans on the spot, while others scheduled interviews to take place later that day. Resumes were collected from all of the job fair participants by officials who said that the process continues after the job fair ends. If a veteran doesn't find an opportunity, their resume is reviewed by other employers in the pipeline.

"You think about how big the military is and how many people are getting out," said Brendan Gallagher, recruiting manager for Exel. "We have a lot of the need for people who have supply and logistics experience and leadership experience like they do in the military. We think we could be a good fit for them."

More money, more jobs
In lieu of the spotlight on veteran employment, the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service recently announced more than $29 million - a total of 121 grants awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program - will be dedicated toward job placement assistance, housing and job training programs for veterans.

"Military service members and their families have been asked to make tremendous sacrifices for this nation," said Seth Harris, acting labor secretary. "Although homelessness among veterans has fallen, too many of our heroes cannot find jobs or homes. These grants will provide those who have served our nation with the means to find meaningful civilian employment and chart new directions for their lives."

Contact The Federal Savings Bank if you are a veteran and need assistance securing a VA home loan or have questions about first-time home buyer programs.

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