Job fair seeks veterans post deployment


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Men and women who have fought for our country find themselves fighting for a place in the workforce post deployment.

Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth held his annual job fair ahead of Veteran’s Day at Slugger Field with veterans coming out in record numbers.

Inside Slugger Field, veterans have the best of the best ready to speak to them about what seems to be at the top of minds these days and so hard to find – jobs.

Daniel Smith of the Army National Guard has served in Iraq in 2011 and most recently Africa. Smith says the job search has been tough.

“Anything that’s going to help take care of my family. I have a 6-year-old little girl and that’s the important part – making sure she’s got what she needs,” he said. “I think a lot of it is that people are looking for full time jobs and there are not a lot of full time jobs out there.”

Smith, along with 400 other veterans, packed into Slugger Field to visit more than 90 employers who are looking for employees. This annual job fair was put together by Congressman John Yarmuth.

“Veterans coming back from service need a little assistance getting back into society and finding jobs and employers love to hire veterans, Yarmuth said.

Eugene Ansah of the Air National Guard says job fairs like this one have been helpful with his skill set. In addition to his service, he recently graduated from the seminary.

“It looks like my specialty is way out there, so the only thing that may come close is VA,” he said.

In addition to meeting employers, applicants had a chance to attend seminars and how to rebuild resumes and explore starting their own businesses.