Military affairs beat: Programs help vets find jobs, transport

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 3, 2012 - 6:26 PM

Several programs are being developed to help veterans find work and get to work.

"Hiring Our Heroes," a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is designed to help veterans and military spouses find jobs in hundreds of cities across America. Veterans seeking jobs and their spouses are invited to a free hiring fair at Minneapolis' TCF Bank Stadium on Aug. 2.

The Minneapolis event is one of about 400 planned this year. The job fair is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the stadium. Job seekers and potential employers can find out more and register at the Hiring Our Heroes website, via www.startribune.com/a1474.

As part of Minnesota's Hire a Vet Month, another job fair for veterans is scheduled for July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. More than 120 employers are expected to be available as well as a room staffed with human resource professionals. More information is available at positivelyminnesota.com/veterans.

Separately, earlier this week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $29 million in grants to give veterans and their families better access to local bus, van pool and other transportation options. The Minnesota Department of Transportation project is one of 64 in 33 states that will help veterans, wounded warriors and their families find affordable transportation for education, health care, or work or job training. With a $586,000 grant, MnDOT will expand an existing one-call, one-click center to include statewide transportation service information that will allow more than 68,000 veterans and their families to get access to information about public and private transportation options.

The city of Grand Forks and the North Dakota Department of Transportation will receive $1.8 million to provide statewide transportation and health care options to more than 62,000 veterans and active-duty military personnel. The Center for Independent Living in Western Wisconsin will receive $50,000 to study the transportation needs of veterans in an 18-county area.

Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434

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