By Harry Prestanski, Cincinnati Veterans Issues Examiner
Over 400 veterans showed up at Great American Ball Park
today looking for opportunities and help in finding jobs. Over 30 employers, franchisors and educational institutions were on hand to meet with them. The Opportunity Expo for job seekers who have military backgrounds was produced by RecruitMilitary and sponsored by the Xavier University Veterans Affairs Office.
“The number one problem for returning veterans today is transitioning military skills to the civilian workforce,” said Robert Walker, director of events and national accounts for RecruitMilitary. “Veterans have received excellent training and possess the skill sets and personal characteristics that business today wants and needs. They offer leadership ability, loyalty, initiative, and self-discipline. These Expos provide an opportunity to bring veterans and employers together.”
The expo was provided free to veterans who may already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses, and other military family members.
Expo sponsor Xavier University Veterans Affairs is a Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program participant. “Today, thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans can attend a private school such as Xavier University and the VA will cover the tuition and fees of fully eligible Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill students,” says Dave Keszei, director, Xavier Veteran Affairs Office. “This includes both undergraduate and graduate students who are fully eligible. Prior to the Yellow Ribbon program, many veterans never had the opportunity to attend a private university because they simply could not afford the tuition. This program will revolutionize higher education for veterans.” Keszei is a retired Major in the Marine Corps.
Participating in the expo were employers, franchisors, and educational institutions including Brown Mackie Colleges, Cincom Systems, Inc., Coca-Cola, Dayton VA Medical Center, DeVry University, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), MAG, Mass Mutual Financial Group, Mike’s Express Car Wash, National College, Northern Kentucky University, Northrop Grumman, the Ohio Army National Guard, Procter & Gamble Co., Rochester Police Department, Schlumberger, Schwan’s Food Manufacturing, Inc., ServiceMaster Clean, Snap-On Tools, Speedway SuperAmerica, LLC, U.S. Lawns, the University of Cincinnati, the Veterans Administration – Cincinnati, and Xavier University.
RecruitMilitary is Cincinnati-based company connecting employers, franchisors, and educational institutions with job seekers who have military backgrounds. All of the company’s owners, account executives, and search consultants are either veterans or active or former reservists. The founder and president of RecruitMilitary is Drew Myers, formerly a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Myers founded the company in 1998.