Hiring fair in Detroit to help area veteransWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | email@example.com
A free hiring fair and open house for veterans will take place in Detroit June 26-28, with free bus service from Toledo offered June 26.
More than 250 employers offering more 25,000 jobs in Ohio and Michigan as well nationwide are expected to attend the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA For Vets Hiring Fair, said Derek Atkinson, public affairs officer for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare system, which includes Toledo’s Community-based Outpatient Clinic.
The hiring fair, which will offer the opportunity for on-site interviews, resume-building workshops, job coaching sessions and more, will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 26-28 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.
Veterans should bring resumes, discharge papers and driver’s license or other ID if possible.
“They’ll be people hiring right on the spot,” Atkinson said. “There was one in Washington back in January and 500 people walked away with job offers right at that event.”
The Veteran Open House, also offered 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 26-28, will help veterans understand and sign up for federal and state benefits as well as gather information on other assistance or service programs for veterans from the VA, state Veterans Service Commissions and nonprofits.
Veterans are asked to preregister at www.VAForVets.va.gov or by calling call (855) 824-8387 (VA4-VETS), but preregistration is not required.
More than 5,000 veterans have signed up and organizers expect anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 to attend, Atkinson said.
Free transportation from Toledo will be offered June 26, arranged by Rep. Marcy Kaptur along with the Lucas County Veteran Service Commission and Lucas County commissioners. Seats are first come, first served. Veterans can reserve a seat by calling (419) 213-5627 by noon June 25. Riders should arrive at The Source, 1301 Monroe St., by 8 a.m. The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. and return that afternoon.
“The big goal is just to help veterans get working again,” Atkinson said. “There are a lot of unemployed veterans and we want to get them jobs or opportunities to get jobs as well as help them get the services they need. Whatever they need, we’re going to be there to help them out.”
The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo will also be at the Cobo Center during this time. The conference runs June 26-29 and will offer training sessions and networking opportunities for veterans who own businesses or work with nonprofits, with a focus on how to win government and private contracts. Cost is $450-$475. For more information or to register, visit www.nationalveteransconference.com.