Veterans Job Fair 2014 - Friday, May 16
The 2014 USS LST 393 Veterans Job Fair was a big success, featuring more than 90 employers and about 400 job-seekers on board. The event preceded the big Armed Forces Day celebration May 17.
Museum board members Holly Hughes and Dave Eling along with veterans affairs coordinator Dan Weikel organized the event with the Volunteers of America and 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-September.
The 90 companies that participated downloaded the registration form (at right). Any company interested in information about the 2015 event can call:
- Lisa Fleury, Volunteers of America Veterans Employment Specialist, 248-798-3872
- Dave Eling, Muskegon County Veterans Affairs Office, 231.724.7143
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: