Today’s Veteran’s Summit was a series of workshops all aimed at helping veterans find work.
“I ran a class called networking and it was really interesting how people began to start to use the skills immediately in the classroom,” explained Thomas Belton.
As one of the event’s organizers, Belton emphasized the importance of events like today’s in assisting those who have served.
“There is a direct relationship between the percentage of veterans who are homeless and the unemployment rate among veterans,” he said.
And for Veterans like Valarie Andrews, who returned to school after serving, it was an inspiring day.
“Very much so. I met quite a few people with the VA, and there’s some opportunities out there that I’m looking forward to,” she explained.
Of those that attended today’s event about 50% were veterans and another 50% were employers. But all of them were focused on communication. Not only to help veterans become gainfully employed but also to help employers understand the benefits of hiring a veteran. Those benefits are something that Jason Allen preaches every day. After being unemployed himself, he now works with the VA to help other vets find jobs.
“The veterans themselves, the ones that are out there looking for jobs, want the job, so give them a chance, let them prove to you that they can do the job,” Allen said.
It was a sentiment that was echoed at Western New England University today.
“Not only are they eager to learn, they’re eager to work, they just need a break,” stated Belton.
Other workshops at today’s Veteran’s Summit included interviewing skills and resume writing.