Proclamation signed, virtual career fair for veterans March 20

Published 6:39 pm Monday, March 11, 2013

There’s a bit more to hiring veterans than Washington Mayor Archie Jennings signing a document proclaiming March 20 as National Hire a Veteran Day locally.
Jennings signed such a proclamation Monday at the request of Jerry Cobb, a veterans employment consultant in Beaufort County.
Cobb wants veterans to be aware of a virtual career fair set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 20. To participate in the career fair, veterans should register at
“Finding a job after serving in the military can often be quite challenging, and knowing where to find the jobs can often be one of the biggest hurdles. We can help you connect live with employers even before you leave the service by utilizing our virtual career fair,” reads a flier about the event. “Whether you are deployed to Afghanistan, or a veteran who has been out of the service for 30 years, you will benefit from registering and attending.”
“As of the beginning of the new fiscal year July 2012, 60 new veterans have applied or reapplied for employment services, 38 veterans have been referred to jobs in which they were qualified, eight veterans obtained employment and 115 veterans were assisted by job development (contacting the employer and making them aware of the skill the veteran had that could possibly be used in their company),” Cobb wrote in an email concerning Beaufort County veterans seeking jobs. “There are 179 veterans in Beaufort County registered with (N.C.) Division of Workforce Solutions for work and other available services. Veterans have shown that they can be counted on to report for work as required and perform their assigned tasks to standard as evident with their honorable discharges.”
There are several job-assistance programs for veterans.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program offers 12 months of training assistance to veterans (between the ages of 35 and 60) equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill at the active-duty rate, which is currently $1,564 per month. The money is paid to the veteran, who in turn pays the school for tuition, fees and books. To qualify, a veteran must be unemployed and meet certain criteria.
For more information about job-assistance programs for veterans, contact Jerry Cobb at 252-946-2141.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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