The Army Times recently reported that January saw the unemployment rate for Post-9/11 veterans rise to 11.7 percent, up from December's 9.9 percent, whereas the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent. Meanwhile, the gender differences statistics revealed that amongst Post-9/11 veterans, the jobless rate was at 10.5 percent for men which was in sharp contrast to the 17.1 percent unemployment for female Post-9/11 veterans. But the worst statistic relating to the veteran demographic was the whopping 31.3 percent unemployment for those aged 18-24!
San Diego county has one of the largest military veteran communities in the country, in part because of the large Naval and US Marine Corps presence in the greater San Diego county region. And, with the drawdowns taking place in both Afghanistan and Iraq, many Post-9/11 veterans formerly stationed in San Diego county during their active duty service are, by contrast, now facing the many challenges--both professional and educational--that accompany reintegration.
Recognizing the struggles of transitioning veterans, one California Certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise is striving to help military veterans and their families by offering career fairs for the veteran, the veteran's spouse, and even their children who are of employment age.
This Thursday, February 7th, 2013, The Patriot Group, Inc will host its next "Hire A Patriot" Career, Education, and Resource Fair at the Liberty Station Conference Center on 2600 Laning Road in Point Loma. The Liberty Station Conference Center is situated across from the Fleet ASW Naval Base and is adjacent to the Point Loma Naval Medical Center. A pre-event training--entitled "Strategies for Career Fair Success" and hosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)--will take place from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM. Then doors will open at 9:45 AM for the 10:00 AM kickoff. The CA EDD shall be hosting a "Strategies for writing a resume" class from 10:30 - 11:30 AM. It is advisable for attendees to arrive in professional attire, and to likewise have on hand as many copies of their resumes so that they may distribute them to potential employers. Indeed, Active Duty Military, Military Spouses, and Veteran ttendees will also have the opportunity to get their professional profile pictures taken for free from 10:00 - 11:45. The fair is scheduled to wrap up at 1:00 PM.
Over fifty exhibitors are expected at this event, and most of these exhibitors are essentially employers with "hundreds of job openings." Other exhibitors include several universities, colleges, schools, and resources so that veterans and their spouses can be informed of the quality education opportunities available to them. Over 500 to 1000 individuals are projected to attend this career fair, and members of the public are likewise invited to attend.
The Patriot Group, Inc., is supported and corporately sponsored by Millennium Laboratories and Commerce Hotel and Casino. Southern California Edison is also an event sponsor.