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Job fair aims to match veterans with employers

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The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with dozens of employers to help find jobs for local veterans. The goal of Wednesday's event was to help veterans and their families learn about eligible benefits, job opportunities, educational resources and more.

"There's a lot of people out there looking for work and for someone to focus on them means a lot," said Lynn Whitehead. "It's very good for your mental attitude I guess would be a good way to put it."

Lynn Whitehead is a Gulf War and Vietnam War veteran but now he's in between jobs and looking for work. So he attended the job fair and dropped off his resume at the Wacker booth. He has a construction background with a Geology degree and he's interested in a maintenance opening.

"Wacker has some openings I'm interested in, so I'm pleased to know there's opportunities for me to get back to work," Whitehead said.

Employers including McKee Foods, Wacker, U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Department of Human Resources and Tennessee Department of Military were on hand to recruit veterans for open jobs. Several higher educational institutions were also present to educate veterans of their options.

"When they come back from deployment, they need to have a job in order to be re-integrate and take care of their families," said Don Smith, the assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Dept. of Veteran Affairs. "So offering them the chance to find a job and get an education is the least we can do for them."

The next TDVA Veteran Outreach Event and Job Fair will be at the Tennessee National Guard Armory located at 3330 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN, on November 5, 2014.
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