"They have dedicated their career to service to our country, so in return we want to serve those that have served us," said Gail Fowler, manager of the Georgia Department of Labor Cartersville Career Center.
While the nation struggles with high unemployment, service men and women returning from the Middle East and elsewhere may face a tougher time finding employment in the civilian workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released earlier this year the 2010 Employment Situation of Veterans showing that veterans serving in the military since September 2001, known as Gulf War-era II veterans, face an 11.5 percent unemployment rate compared to the then 9.4 percent unemployment rate for non-veterans.
The veterans career and services expo will be open to the public at the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42, 1 Roosevelt St. in Cartersville from 9 a.m. to noon. American Legion Chairman of the Board Ken Temples hopes to aid all members of the public, regardless of military service, in their search for a career.
"It's just absolutely terrible out there. We're all the time getting calls," said Temples, referring to the current job market and American Legion service programs. "Right now, everybody is seeing hard times -- just the general public and veterans coming home. It looks like everyone is in the same boat.
"We are dedicated to community service, not just veterans. That's just the way we see things. If there's a need, whether you're a veteran or not, we try to help people with it."
Six employers will be present next week in addition to 10 organizations providing information, resources and support for veterans and job seekers.
Employers expected to participate in the event include Applied Thermoplastics Resources, Ashton Staffing, North Georgia Staffing, Randstad Staffing, Shaw Industries and Terry Reid KIA. Other organizations scheduled to participate include American Legion, Chattahoochee Technical College, U.S. Veterans Administration, U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.
In recognition of their service to country, veterans automatically receive "priority service" in GDOL job screening giving them the first opportunity for consideration.
"Our veterans receive what is called, priority of service," Fowler said. "Veterans receive preference on every job that is posted by the Georgia Department of Labor."
For more information about the expo or employers wanting to register, contact Employment Service Supervisor Janice Couch of the Cartersville Career Center at 770-387-3760 or e-mail email@example.com .
If You Go:
What: Veterans Career and Services Fair (open to the public)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42, 1 Roosevelt St., Cartersville
How much: Free
More info: Call Janice Couch at 770-387-3760