august 13, 2011

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, NJDMAVA, and The GI Go Fund Team Up To Host Job and GI Bill Fair for Veterans

The Job Fair gave dozens of former military personnel an opportunity to meet with over 50 employers from all across the state of New Jersey; VA Mobile Health Unit at the event to assist veterans with any and all of their immediate needs.

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - The Department of Veterans Affairs, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the GI Go Fund hosted a Job and GI Bill Fair for our nation's veterans at the Lawrenceville Armory on August 13th, 2011. The Fair was part of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ annual “Welcome Home” event serving returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and is the second consecutive year the event included a Job and GI Bill Fair hosted by the GI Go Fund.

The Job Fair gave dozens of former military personnel an opportunity to meet with over 50 employers from all across the state of New Jersey. In addition, veteran support services and the VA Mobile Health Unit where at the event to assist veterans with any and all of their immediate needs.

“It was an important day,” said GI Go Deputy Director Alexander Manis. “This state alone has over 500,000 veteran residents. It is crucial to get these brave men and women gainful and steady employment for themselves and their families. This has always been a vital part to a soldier’s transition back to civilian life. And with the economy struggling the way it is, we need to do everything we can to prevent the people who sacrificed everything for us to be hit hardest by this situation.”

In addition to the employers in attendance, several colleges and higher education institutions were at the Job Fair offering information to veterans wishing to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

"The Post-9/11 GI Bill has been such a dramatic change for our veterans and their futures," said Manis. "Now any veteran is capable of receiving a full education without facing the burden of tuition on top of their other problems. It has become clear that more veterans are interested in capitalizing on this opportunity, and I am glad to see so many educational institutions willing and able to reach out to them."

The GI Go Fund would like to thank the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, NJDMAVA, and all the employers, colleges, and support services in attendance for making this Job Fair a success.