SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local organizations and businesses came together to help veterans from western Massachusetts in need of better job opportunities or health care.
Tuesday was the 3rd Annual Wellness to Work Veterans Health and Career Fair at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield. The free event is designed to help veterans get proper medical care and find employment, but also help them find education, financial services, housing and legal needs.
One local veteran, Dakota Whiter, told 22News the process of transitioning from military life to civilian life can be a difficult one; “I think the biggest challenge is that you’re away from society for so long and it’s a different world. Not that it’s bad but there’s a lot of structure. When you come out into the civilian world you’re kind of on a vacation and it’s hard to get back to that life.”
Major employers like MGM Springfield and Columbia Gas were at the event, along with veteran service organizations.
One of the biggest challenges U.S. veterans say they face is that the skills they learn in the military don’t always match up with the skills that are needed for jobs when they leave the military.