FARMINGDALE, NY (WCBS 880) – Our nation’s veterans – they put their lives on the line and now, upon returning home, many are unable to find a job.
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It’s a sad reality, but today’s veterans resource fair at Farmingdale State College hopes to help the cause.
Dozens of exhibitors representing local businesses and government agencies will be there to help veterans find jobs, or start their own businesses.
George Pendelton has served in both the Navy and Army, saw action in Desert Storm, and has had a tough time in his job search as a civilian.
“Probably submitted my resume [to] about 250 companies, and was called by four,” he said Friday.
He’s not alone. The unemployement rate for post-9/11 veterans is 10 percent, despite, says Pendleton, what they bring to the table.
“Duty, honor, respect, loyalty, great work ethic, and some of the hardest workers I know are in the military,” he told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Friday.
Pendelton was among the hundreds of vets at the event, and, we’re happy to report, he’s found a job in the aerospace industry.
The event began at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 1:45 p.m. It is being co-presented by Rep. Steve Israel.