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August 24, 2012

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Veterans Career and Benefits Fair
to be held at Fort McCoy Sept. 7

A Veterans Career and Benefits Fair will be held Friday, Sept. 7 from noon-3 p.m. at the Wisconsin Military Academy, building 90 at Fort McCoy. All veterans from any military service and current servicemembers and their spouses/Family members are welcome to attend the free event.

The event will feature a number of services to help veterans seeking employment, said Rickie Larson of the State of Wisconsin Work Force Development/Job Center.

Local employers will have booths. Veterans can learn more about the employers, potential job opportunities, have a short interview with employers about their job skills or leave resumes or job applications with employers.

“This is the first time we’ve held one of these at Fort McCoy where there will actually be employers involved,” Larson said. “Before we’ve always had Supermarket of Veterans Benefits or benefit fairs.”

Representatives from state and federal agencies will be available to talk about job opportunities in their fields, Larson said.
Veterans also can receive information about various benefit programs available to them, including loans, health care, educational benefits and applying for state and federal veteran benefits.

Local Office of Veterans Services and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs staff and County Veterans Service officers also will be available to answer questions and will have information about their programs.

People accessing Fort McCoy from off post will need to come through the Main Gate and provide a photo identification (driver’s license is OK), vehicle insurance information and vehicle registration to apply for a visitor’s pass to attend the event.

For more information about the Veterans Career and Benefits Fair at Fort McCoy, call Larson at 608-785-9376 or Vern Tranberg at 608-785-9363.

For more information about other Veterans Career and Benefits Fairs in Wisconsin, visit the website http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/jobfairs/.

For more information about State of Wisconsin veterans benefits, visit the website http://dva.state.wi.us/benefits.asp. The site also includes a link to federal veterans benefits.

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