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Employment fair for veterans and family members

The VA Center in White City will host an employment fair for veterans and their family members on Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 8:27 AM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- The VA Office in White City will be hosting a Stand Down and Employment Fair on Wednesday. It's completely free to veterans and their family members.

The job fair will be at the VA's baseball field. It will start at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. After the fair is over, the experts from the VA will have a town hall about the Mission Act.

The Oregon DMV, the Housing Authority of Jackson County and Southern Oregon University are some of the organizations that will be at the fair.

Veterans can also talk to employers. F.V. Martin Trucking, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Plexis Healthcare will all have a booth at Wednesday's fair.

Many of the people who organized the event are veterans themselves. They call the fair a one stop shop and said they understand why these fairs are so important.

"It's kind of my life's mission," said Bob Huff, chair of the employment fair. "Seriously, I'm a veteran's advocate. I know how I came out of a group that wasn't treated too well, which is no big thing now. But we want to make sure it never happens to anybody else."

Organizers are encouraging family members to come to the fair too. This is because many of the organizations there aren't just for veterans. Some of these groups include the Department of Justice Child Support team, Rogue Community Health and the Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center.

Family members should know the fair will offer them support, organizers said.

"Spouses play an important part in that veteran being a success," Huff said. "They are part of it. So yes, we should be helping spouses and families and different groups that are here. We will have scholarship programs and youth programs. So yes, it's very important."

Job fair organizers said they moved the fair to July so that they could avoid smoke. This means there will not be any flu shots at this year's fair.

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