The Missouri Job Center and American Legion Post 639 are joining forces to host a Hiring and Resource Fair to provide employer engagement opportunities and access to local resources for veterans and their families. The Post-Independence Day Veterans Hiring and Resource Fair will be 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the American Legion Post 639, 2660 S. Scenic in Springfield. The free event is open to all veterans, transitioning service members, reserves, National Guard and military spouses, as well as the general public.

“At this Post-Independence Day Veteran Hiring and Resource Fair, we will have 26 employers from a variety of industries specifically seeking the inherent value which veterans bring to the table. Leadership, teamwork, and a disciplined work ethic are all skills veterans possess as a result of their service,” said Sabrina Bonnette, local veterans employment representative.  

“There will be several service providers on hand to help veterans, retirees and veteran spouses with housing, education, career planning and supplemental assistance for the elderly. It is an avenue to learn how to access earned benefits, gain helpful insights on navigating the civilian employment world and find an outlet of support from other military members,” said Bonnette, who is a U.S. Navy chief, retired.

Some participating agencies include Purina, Burrell Behavioral Health, Citizen Soldier for Life, Catholic Charities SSVF Program, Employer Support of Guard & Reserve, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 316, Home at Last, The Kitchen Inc., Missouri Air National Guard Recruiter (prior service advantages and eligibility), Missouri National Guard Family, Missouri State University Veteran Student Center, Missouri Veterans Commission, Navy Recruiters, Ozarks Technical Community College Veterans Upward Bound Program, American Red Cross, SRCC and Veterans Treatment Court rep, Southwest Center for Independent Living, T-Mobile Veteran Outreach, Transition Care Management Post 9/11 Veterans, Veterans Affairs — Women Veterans regional representative, Vet Center of Springfield, Veterans Care Ministry, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952 and Warrior Wives of Springfield.

For more information about the event, contact Bonnette at (417) 841-3353 or; or Katherine Trombetta at (417) 841-3389 or

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