Several Indianapolis government agencies and community organizations held a job and resource fair today to address veteran unemployment. Primary event coordinator and retired veteran Roger Peterman says an estimated 9000 Hoosier veterans have attended Operation Hire a Hoosier Vet job fairs over the past 12 years. He says an estimated 4000 of them connected with jobs and services.
“First thing, and most important thing, is for them to gain meaningful employment. And secondly, we have veteran resources here to help them get connected. It’s all about networking,” he says.
Peterman says veterans often struggle to re-enter the working world. The event is meant to provide them with available resources to smooth the transition.
“It’s not a handout, we try to encourage them. It’s a benefit that they have earned, and we just want to make sure that they take advantage of those benefits,” he says.
The government-sponsored job fair is hosted annually.