Veterans job fair held at Springfield Partners for Community Action

22News spoke with veterans trying to find work

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The Springfield Partners for Community Action held a Veterans Job Fair on State Street Wednesday morning.

Carl King, a veteran from Springfield said, “I’ve been out of the military for a few years now, I had a job and I recently lost it. So I came over here and the Springfield Partners have been helping me trying to find employment. They had the job fair today so I came out to apply to see what I could find for work.”

About 50 veterans were expected to show up for recruiting at the job fair. Customer service, Maintenance, and manufacturing jobs were being offered with pay between $10 to $13 and hour.

Springfield Partners for Community Action, Director of Veterans Services, Walt Fludd said, “For veterans that have some sort of shortened work history or functional work history we want to try to get those veterans back to work.”

Many veterans 22News spoke with said it’s not an easy transition going from military to civilian life and it’s a matter of trying to find a job that their skill set fits.

“It’s tough right now looking for a job. There are jobs out there, but something that can actually pay you a decent amount. Myself I’ve been doing construction for the last ten years so I’m trying to go for something that’s not so seasonable,” Donald Fortier, a Veteran from Springfield said.

Since some of the major employers offering jobs are based in Franklin County, Springfield Partners is working to get a shuttle to actually bring veterans where they have job opportunities.

Click here to find out how you can apply for employment opportunities offered at the Springfield Partners for Community Action.

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