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Helping Local Veterans Find Jobs on Veterans Day

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — While many offices were closed today, one employment office stayed open to allow veterans to meet with potential employers.

At CareerPoint in Holyoke, veterans mixed with potential employers in hopes to finding a way to continue their service and take care of there families.

Service men and women got the chance to meet face-to-face with potential employers and community groups. Mcnairn packaging based in Westfield was one company with jobs to fill

“We have a potential of 30 machine operator positions coming over the next few months. We are expanding,” says Kristin Pospolita from McNairn Packaging.

Hiring veterans is good business.

“These are highly skilled individuals coming back from service in wartime or service somewhere in the states and there are jobs for them,” adds State Senator Michael Knapik.

“The skills they are bringing back from Afghanistan and Iraq and other places that they are serving. You can’t find them here. If they can operate a tank maybe they can operate a material handler,” adds Pospolita.

The work ethic of our nations veterans is without question. Taking care of there families – concern number one.

“I’m looking for work. I’m disabled actually right now, but I’m looking to return to work and I have a family with 3 children and I need to work,” says Carlos Gonzalez of Holyoke

So on this day, when many offices are closed, these doors were open.

David Gadaire of CareerPoint notes, “Each year, we go through the battle about whether we should be open or not and we felt that Veterans Day just turns into a day off when it should be a day on. If we really want to honor people who have sacrificed so much for us one of the things we do is help people find work,”

“The economy is really diffuclt to find employment. Being a veteran being able to have the opportunity to have things specifically targeted to them gives them an opportunity to find employment where others might not be looking,” says Nicole Darden of Mass. Veteran Services.

“SoldierOn”, a non profit group that helps our homeless vets, was also on hand to offer their assistance.

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