East Alabama hosting 2015 Supermarket of Veterans Benefits & Job Fair
On Friday, May 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs together with the East Alabama Veterans Coalition (EAVC), the Southern Union Student Veterans Association and local agencies, will hold a free one-day, one-stop service access and job fair on the Southern Union Community College campus in Opelika, Ala.
"The Supermarket of Veterans Benefits is a tremendous opportunity for veterans to come to one central location to gain important information about their entitlements and receive services they have rightly earned," said Clyde Marsh, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) partnered with the EAVC for this event as part of their statewide outreach campaign to help veterans and their families obtain information and receive state and federal benefits and services that are designed specifically for them.
“The opportunity to work with local organizations focused on veterans issues and their employment in our communities is ideal because the veterans, their families, businesses and communities are benefiting,” said Dr. Joanna Williams Abram, East Alabama Veterans Coalition Co-Chair and Heroes at Home Resources founder.
An added feature of the "Supermarket of Veterans Benefits & Job Fair" will be employers seeking to hire veterans due to the leadership and skills they have developed while in the service. Over 25 businesses from across the region are participating in an effort to hire veterans with that number still growing. Participating businesses, at this writing, include GE Aviation, Pharmavite, Austal Shipping, Lowe’s, Briggs & Stratton, with more still signing up.
“Businesses genuinely want the talent and leadership veterans have developed during their time in service to our nation, as well as wanting to recognize that service,” said Will Webb, President of Still Serving Veterans. “Hiring veterans, especially for a small business, is the smart business decision as well as the right thing when it comes to our nation’s heroes,” according to Webb.
In addition to the state VA department, some of the other agencies represented will include the Alabama Department of Labor and Career Centers; VA Medical Center; VA OEF and OIF Outreach; VA Vocational , Rehabilitation and Employment Center; Military TRICARE; Alabama GI Dependents ' Scholarship; United Way; American Red Cross, and many more.
The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs holds the Supermarket of Veterans Benefits annually to serve the more than 420,000 Veterans in Alabama. With over 35,000 veterans living in Lee and neighboring counties, a large turnout is expected for this year's event.
Commissioner Marsh will join Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham to open the "Supermarket" at 9 a.m.
The event will take place in the Student Union on the Opelika campus of Southern Union State Community College at 1701 Lafayette Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801.
For more information, the public can contact Still Serving Veterans at (334) 384-9111.
The Supermarket of Veterans Benefits & Job Fair is open to the media.