Veterans and Military career fair held in Holyoke


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – VOICE and the Department of Veteran Services of Holyoke hosted a career fair for veterans and military members on Friday.

The fair was held at the Holyoke War Memorial Building.

Hundreds of veterans along with men and women still serving in the military, impressed their potential employers with their hard-earned qualifications.

“One thing that veterans have is the will to complete their mission,” said Jesus Peraira, Holyoke Veteran Service Director. “So, they always want to get their job done.”

you can’t find that in a lot of the civilian sector.

22News is proud to have been included among the companies hoping the men and women who served their country might apply for a position.

Applicants told 22News they’re so pleased there’s a job fair just for them.

“I think it’s an awesome idea,” Michael Collazo, of Springfield, said. “I think it’s great, in one place, all these companies.”

A western Massachusetts labor union recruited women to become carpenters.

“We have two women who have been veterans, going odd jobs, not having steady employment and they’ve become tremendous carpenters,” said Lisa Clauson of Local 108 Carpenters Union. “They have a good work ethic, they have the disciplines.”

The companies and agencies interested in hiring veterans and people still in the military all said they were looking for potential employees with a strong sense of discipline and responsibility.

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