Job Fair Wednesday For Veterans


February 23, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. – St. Vincent De Paul is hosting a Veteran Job Fair Wednesday in Eugene.

Across the nation, the social service agency says that the unemployment rate for veterans is 2 percent higher compared to other job seekers.

Some veterans also get discriminated against because of their mental or physical disabilities after fighting a war, SVDP says.image of veterans parade

Edward Lopez served in the Air Force for 10 years and has two degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering.

But Lopez says changing careers has been a real struggle.

During his stint with the Air Force, Lopez was a technician, but not in the traditional sense.

The father of three says the biggest challenge is finding a job that relates to what he did in active duty.

He found success after connecting with local services.

Lopez says events like this job fair are very helpful.

“Networking, which is probably the biggest factor in finding new work especially if you’re a stranger to a new town,” said Lopez.

At the job fair, veterans will have an opportunity to apply for a range of jobs in industries such as food service and manufacturing.

SVDP says there will be nearly 20 employers, many looking to hire veterans.

“You know as opposed to 20-30 years ago, I think the trend now is turning towards ‘let’s do something for our veterans when they get home’ because we really do owe them something,” said SVDP employment specialist Julie Ruchti.

SVDP services about 150 veterans a year.

They say they have about a 96 percent placement rate in finding jobs for veterans.

The job fair is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Eugene.

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