Veterans Job Fair 2013 - Friday, May 17
The 2013 USS LST 393 Veterans Job Fair was a rousing success, with 81 employers and more than 1,000 job-seekers on board. The annual event helped find jobs for many. The event preceded the big Armed Forces Day celebration May 18.
Museum veterans affairs coordinator Dan Weikel coordinated the event with state and local VA offices. They were addresseing the jobless rate among veterans in Michigan, which is much higher than it is for non-veterans.
LST 393 is a World War II landing craft that delivered tanks and fighting men in three invasions: Sicily, Italy and in the D-Day invasion of France at Omaha Beach. It is one of only two of 1,051 original LSTs left in America. It is being restored by a group of Muskegon volunteers and serves as a veterans museum honoring all American servicemembers from all wars. It is open May-October.
The 81 companies that participated in the 2013 Job Fair downloaded the registration form (at right). Any company interested in early registration for the 2014 event, scheduled to be held Friday May 16, can download the 2013 form or call the following contacts for detailed information:
- Dave Eling, Muskegon County Veterans Affairs Office, 231.724.7143
- Jesse Mikaelsen, State VA Representative, 231.739.9010
- Dan Weikel, LST 393 curator, 231.288.4012
The final tally for job-seekers was 437 veterans and 591 non-veterans for a total of 1,028 registered. Mikaelson ppointed out that not every job-seeker registered, so the actual number served was a bit higher.
The tribute to veterans continued on Saturday with music, speeches and tours through LST 393 and the Museum. There were tributes to America's heroes, the Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble performed and the event ended with Taps and a flyby featuring rare World War II-era military aircraft.
The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum is an official drop off location for food items being donated the “Muskegon County Needy Veterans Food Pantry.”
View the Veterans Job Fair image gallery: