Everybody is talking about jobs, especially Veterans. In today’s economic climate, younger Vets can face an even tougher time landing a job than other Americans. Some struggle to translate their military skills into civilian careers while others aren’t sure where to even start looking. And that’s something we’re working to fix. As VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said this week, “Now more than ever, America needs the knowledge, skills and abilities of our Veterans, and this generation of heroes is capable of transforming the Nation at a time when we need their leadership and ingenuity.”

That’s why, on Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs will attempt to break down those barriers by making over 6,000 job opportunities at the Veteran Career Fair and Expo in Washington, D.C.

If you’re a Veteran, if you serve in the National Guard or Reserve, or you’re close to separating from active duty—and you live in the Mid-Atlantic area—then grab your DD214 and resume. This could be a chance to get hired by VA or the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Labor, and EPA. And over 20 private-sector partners will be participating as well, like Microsoft, Citigroup, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Philadelphia Police Department, Johns Hopkins Hospital, JPMorgan, and many others.

Aside from on-the-spot job opportunities, Veterans can receive advice and guidance on employment and sign up for VA services. Employees will be on hand to answer questions about the GI Bill, health care, home loans, and more.

The event is free and prior registration isn’t required. Like my boss has been saying the past few weeks, “Vets can parachute in that day and leave with a job offer.” And that’s no joke.

Check out VA for Vets to learn more about the career fair and expo. VA staff will be there throughout the day speaking with Vets and getting updates on the hiring process. Good luck!

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Published on Jan. 17, 2012

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  1. Robert January 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    My son has just returned from an 8 year stint in the army and is getting used to civilian life and trying to get an education and job. I hope the VA can duplicate this program in other areas of the country so maybe my son could attend and find a job. He lives in Seattle. Thanks to the VA for being there for our vets when they need the help.

  2. mustafa January 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

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