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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016 3 years ago

Ormond Strong to host job fair for veterans

Ormond Strong is helping returning soldiers and veterans find jobs.
by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

In Ormond Strong's unit, there are currently 25 to 30 soldiers who are in need of jobs. According to President Debbie Kruck, hiring veterans is a win-win for everyone. 

"You know they're going to show up for work, do the job and stay till it's done," she said. "It's about finding the right job for the right person. Some have been working at night and sleeping during the day, and some are still active so they can't commit to specific days every week."

Kruck said while a lot of soldiers find themselves drawn to security type jobs because they fit in nicely with their military backgrounds, some make a point to explore other interests such as cooking and ballroom dancing. 

"They're full-spectrum," she said. "Some people would be surprised, in a good way. They're very adventurous in the things they'd like to try." 

Due to the mass shooting in Orlando Saturday, many veterans were comfortable enough to disclose their names and the companies that hired them. However Kruck said that while safety is always an important issue, many veterans remain quiet about their service in job interviews when they should speak up. 

"They tend to stay in the background, especially career veterans," she said. "They don't want to be in the spotlight. They don't put it out there that they're vets when they really should. So I try to put them out front and with the right people." 

In an effort to connect soldiers with future employers, Ormond Strong is hosting a job fair in August that will spotlight career options, resources for veterans and more. 

For more information, find Ormond Strong on Facebook. 


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