Veterans career and resource fair to be held at Wright State

Military veterans will have the opportunity to connect with employers and service organizations at the Vets Moving Forward event at Wright State University’s Student Union on Wednesday, May 18, from 3 to 7 p.m.

This is the fifth year in a row that Wright State will host the event, which is organized by the Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) and the Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community.

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“Vets Moving Forward was designed by veterans, for veterans,” said Cassie Barlow, Ph.D., president of SOCHE and co-chair of the Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community. “We want to share the extensive resources that this region has which are specifically for our veteran community and their families. Come join us for a great afternoon.”

Some of the services that will be available at Vets Moving Forward include:

  • Veterans resource fair
  • Veterans job fair
  • Disabled American Veterans assistance with disability claims
  • Dayton VA Medical Center enrollment
  • Montgomery County veteran ID cards

The event is not only for veterans but also for their family members and veterans service organizations in the region. About 100 veterans service organizations are expected to participate to connect and network with veterans.

The Dayton Regional Transit Authority and Greene CATS Public Transit will provide free bus rides for veterans to and from Wright State on May 18. Veterans should show identification, a DD 214, or pick up a token at the VA Medical Center.

The Miami Valley is one of 50 communities across the nation to be selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create a MyVeteran Community Engagement Board. The Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community was organized under the leadership of Barlow, a retired Air Force colonel and former wing commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and retired Lt. Col. John McCance in late 2015.

It enables veteran advocates, service providers, veterans and stakeholders to have a voice in identifying their community goals and work to resolve issues locally to improve service delivery for veterans, service members and their families.

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