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NEW YORK – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the New York National Guard will host a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13. A total of 75 employers offering more than 350 jobs to veterans and their families will participate in the event.
“New York is forever grateful to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for this state and this nation – and connecting Long Island veterans with businesses from across the region is one small way to thank them for their service,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage all members of the armed services and their spouses to visit the Long Island Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair and see what opportunities are available to them.”
The Hiring Our Heroes job fair will feature 75 businesses from across the region, including Delta Airlines, GE Aviation, GEICO, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Home Depot, Northwestern Mutual and more. The job fair will take place 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 and is open to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, as well as military spouses. An employment workshop will also be available to job seekers before the career fair at 8:30 a.m., which will focus on resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques.
The employment workshop and job fair will take place at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center located at 25 Baiting Place Road in Farmingdale. Those interested in attending the job fair or the employment workshops must register online here.
Major General Anthony German, the commander of the New York Air National Guard will represent the New York National Guard at the event, as well as retired Command Sgt. Major, Robert Van Pelt. Van Pelt works to help New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen find full-time jobs which allow them to continue their part-time military service.
Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York said, “Our Soldiers and Airmen with the New York National Guard bring tremendous value to the workplace. Our partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce in hosting these job fairs highlights the skills, education, discipline and experience our members can bring to the workplace. Better jobs for Airmen and Soldiers makes for better citizens and better members of our force.”
Division of Veterans’ Affairs Director Eric J. Hesse said, “This is a great opportunity for our Veterans. I applaud the Governor’s continued efforts in employing Veterans here in the great state of New York. These fairs provide what Veterans are looking for and that is an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, competencies and experience to the many employers who will be in attendance.”
Senator Thomas D. Croci, Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs said, “In many ways, the hardest part of military service is coming home. After having performed the most difficult jobs in world in the most adverse circumstances, transitioning back to civilian employment is the last and most difficult step in completing the mission. I am proud that NY is demonstrating, in a real way, just how government can help our vets get back into the workforce.”
Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs said, “It is our duty as leaders in New York State to offer support to our veterans in any way we can, and providing connections to career opportunities is one of the most important things we can do. Expanding access to employment opportunities for veterans has been a priority of mine, and I’m proud that events such as the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair exist to support our bravest New Yorkers. I thank Governor Cuomo and the New York National Guard for hosting this job fair, and encourage all veterans of the armed services to attend.”
Since 2011, in partnership with the New York National Guard, the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce has conducted 25 hiring fairs across New York State. This event will be the 4th event in Farmingdale at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.
This event is being conducted with additional support from the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, NY National Guard Family Programs, Suffolk County Veteran’s Service Agency, NYS Department of Labor, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, and other local partners.
To date, more than 28,000 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes events. More than 2,000 companies of all sizes have committed to hire 710,000 veterans and military spouses as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, there have been more than 505,000 confirmed hires.