Branson job and resource fair seeks to help our nation's heroes

An event in Branson Tuesday was all about helping our nation's heroes find jobs.

"With retirement, you know, you're on a limited income and always something pops up. So, I'm looking for a part-time job to keep me busy, bring a little extra cash in," Veteran Sam Conyers said.

All of the businesses at the Veteran's Resource Fair were looking for veterans to fill vacancies.

"We are looking for employees with integrity and leadership skills," Show-Me Log Homes Owner Robert Stone said.

The fair was not only about helping veterans get jobs, but also connecting them with helpful services like the Missouri Veteran's Commission, which helps veterans do things like fill out applications for VA benefits.

"I found services that I didn't know existed," Army Veteran Thomas Borchert said.

Borchert says it's nice to have support through local organizations and have access to that support all in one place.

"I learned a lot coming in here, not only about employment, but some of the veteran services," Borchert said.

The Veterans and Military Coalition of the Ozarks teamed up with the Missouri Job Center to put on the fair.

"That's part of what we are doing is communicating to the veterans, letting them know what resources are available," Veterans and Military Coalition of the Ozarks Chairman John Hathcock said. "We are all about helping our local veterans."

While the number of unemployed veterans nation-wide has improved, it's events and services like this that continue help our heroes.

"When you're looking at last years results compared to this year's results, it's from 4.5 all the way down to 3.9," Megan Short, with the Missouri Job Center, said.

To learn more about these services and employment opportunities, you can contact the Missouri Job Center or use the contact information below to get in touch with the Veterans and Military Coalition of the Ozarks.

Veterans and Military Coalition of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 332
Branson, MO 65615-0332
417-230-9187
www.VMCO1.org