Peter Leighton, senior vice president of recruiting at Combined Insurance, said his company is scheduled to participate in about half of the 400 Hiring Our Heroes held nationwide, including in Traverse City. He said veterans have experience that transfers well to sales and management positions.
“The fact is they can and are willing to be trained to do whatever,” he said.
The job fair also includes options for those looking to get back into military service. Staff Sgt. Beau Vore said the U.S. Air Force looks to hire and recruit veterans from all branches of the military.
“This event right here is one way to stretch out to veterans struggling to find a job,” he said.
Ken Rapelje, local veterans’ employment representative with Michigan Works!, said there are 7,000 veterans in the Grand Traverse area. He and his colleague, Dale Ginzel, disabled veterans outreach program specialist, encouraged employed and unemployed veterans alike to register with the Pure Michigan Talent Connect job system.
“We can help veterans better if they’re registered,” Rapelje said.