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Trumansburg, NY – Veterans returning to Tompkins and surrounding counties face numerous adjustment and re-entry issues (see, “Hope on the Homefront“, the Ithaca Voice’s series on area veterans). For these returning heroes employment is not just an economic necessity: “The most important form of therapy for a combat veteran is a meaningful job,” says Jim Murphy, a Vietnam veteran and founder of Ithaca Veterans for Peace.

Jim Murphy has joined with the Trumansburg American Legion to conduct job fairs that address under- and unemployment among veterans. The second annual “Job Fair for Veterans and Their Families” will occur on March 24th, 2016, from 2 to 6 PM, at the Trumansburg American Legion (intersection of Route 96 and Seneca Road).

Last year 25 employers from Tompkins and surrounding counties had booths at the fair and a similar turnout is expected this time. All of the attending veterans indicated they would recommend this fair to others.

This year the job fair is open to all persons and there will be door prize drawings for all attendees. In addition, the first 20 veterans will each receive a door prize. Area merchants have been very generous: Island Health & Fitness has donated a month’s free membership,  Eastern Mountain Sports has donated a free 3-day equipment rental, and several restaurants and wineries have donated gift certificates.

See the growing list of employers and door prizes on Facebook at “American Legion Job Fair for Veterans, Trumansburg.”

How you can help: Our latest group of veterans are notorious for being no shows at such events because they are so hard to reach through conventional radio and press. Like our Facebook page and let others know if they might benefit from our Job Fair.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.