Hiring event helps veterans find success across the Ozarks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Two organizations are coming together to make sure U.S. heroes have success in the workforce.

Many of those heroes are just like veteran Patrick Phillips. Phillips said he struggled to find a job after being discharged from the military back in 1993. He said he was homeless for more than a year. "I didn't have anything, you had to do it all on your own," said Phillips. "You're taught to live one way, when you come out it's different."

Years later, while trying to get ahead, Phillips said he stumbled into the Missouri Job Center. "There are loads of resources that you don't even know or are even aware of, " explained Phillips.

Phillips said he works everyday for a better life. He said he doesn't know where he'd be if it weren't for the resources given through the Missouri Job Center. He encouraged other veterans to take advantage of the resources and find success. "A steady job, a steady income, and grow from there," he said. " I want to see more veterans get the same help that I was offered."

Thursday, July 11, the Missouri Job Center and American Legion Post 639 are coming together for a Veteran Hiring and Resource Fair. The event starts at 2:00 p.m. and will last until 6:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 639, near Nathanael Greene Park.

The hiring event and resource fair will help veterans make connections in the workforce. "Veterans have served our country and we just want to help them adjust to civilian life once they are out of the military," said Katherine Trombetta with the Missouri Job Center.

More than 20 employers from different businesses will be at Thursday's event. Those who are interested in attending are asked to bring resumes and cover letters. If someone does not have a resume or a cover letter, they can still attend.

The same support and resources that Phillips utilized is available to other veterans daily through the Missouri Job Center. Those interested can connect with the Missouri Job Center by visiting their Springfield location at 2900 East Sunshine or call (417) 887-4343.

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