Fairbury’s VFW hosts benefit and career fair for veterans, active military members

FAIRBURY, NE – Fairbury’s VFW Post 3113 hosted a Benefit and Career Fair on Wednesday for military service members, veterans and their spouses.

The event was a joint effort by Nebraska’s Departments of Labors and Veterans Affairs.

Seven service providers and 16 local businesses were on hand to serve those who have served, or currently serve.

Kari Janssen, the Department of Labor’s workforce coordinator, was glad to give back to local military members Wednesday. She was also glad to do some networking with the many local business and service providers in the Fairbury area.

“(We’ve achieved our goal) if one person can be helped or learns about some resources,” Jansen said. “The networking between employers and veteran resources is very valuable as well.”

Matt Starkey, the outreach coordinator for Nebraska’s Department of Veterans Affairs, says the main goal of events like this are simply to make service men and women aware of what benefits exist for them.

“If a veteran goes online or just starts looking around out in modern media, there’s a ton of things that are out there for them,” Starkey said. “That’s hard to navigate. So, hopefully bringing the VA out to them, hopefully we can help them get into that, and maybe take down some of those barriers that might be holding them back from filing for applications.”

Benefit providers at the fair Wednesday included Blue Valley Community Action, Lincoln Vet Center, VetSet and others. Some local businesses that made an appearance included Farmers Cooperative, Jefferson Community Health and Life, Westin Packaged Meats and many more.

The Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs have held numerous job fairs for veterans across the state this month. This week alone, there were veteran job fairs in Scottsbluff, Hastings, Grand Island, Columbus, Norfolk, Fremont and Plattsmouth.

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