Starting the New Year, there is an expected continued draw down of combat troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Which means more neighbors and loved one should be returning home with-in the next months and the start of transition from soldier to civilian.
It's a free job fair called “Hiring Our Heroes” and it’s making a stop at Shadow Lake Town Center Wednesday morning. The goal is to help our veterans find stable employment as they also make the transition away from military life.
With the help of the Papillion American Legion P #32 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Sarpy County Shopping center will be the center stage, offering veterans an opportunity at starting the transition.
Hiring Our Heroes
January 16, 2013
9:00 AM Central Time - 12:00 AM Central Time
Shadow Lake Towne Center
7775 Olson Drive, Suite #121
Papillion, NE 68046
Cindy Loraas recently retired from the Army after serving 30 years. During her career, she climbed the ranks from Private to Master Sergeant but in the end, Lorass decided to settle her roots in Papillion for her daughter.
Organizers said that was exactly the purpose of the event, to help veterans not only find meaningful employment but also remaining residents within Sarpy County.
"We've got Offutt here in our backyard; we've got a lot of talented individuals that have been stationed at Offutt. We would certainly like to keep them here in Sarpy County. But really, to keep these people employed, they've been our heroes, they've served our country. What better way to give back,” Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce President, Wend Richey said.
Hundreds of potential employees were expected Wednesday, upwards of 300 and there were about 70 employers expected, as well.
"A lot of military people don't necessarily want to make a career out of it, but they did want to do it for their country so they do their tour and the get out after four or six years,” Loraas said. "When you get into conflicts and wars, you are going to have a whole lot more veterans that are coming home, looking for these civilian jobs."
The end goal for “Hiring Our Heroes” Richey said was to hire 500,000 veterans by 2014, which included the potential new hires from Sarpy County.