U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Wilmington University announced that 35 employers are signed-up and ready to hire at Operation Success: Welcome Home--a job fair for veterans set for Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Wilmington University in the Doberstein Admissions Center in New Castle. The goal of the event is to help connect employers with talented men and women who have proven leadership and technical skills gained from military service.
"The men and women who serve in our armed forces come home with unique skills and tested leadership experience, bringing immense value to the employers who hire them," Senator Coons said. "Dozens of employers who wisely recognize the value that veterans bring to the workplace have signed up for our job fair on Saturday, so veterans who are looking for work should definitely come and meet with them. I am pleased to partner with Wilmington University to help returning veterans get into the workforce, and hope many of our veterans who are looking for work join us on Saturday."
"The purpose of Operation Success is simple: to provide a one-stop-shop to connect service members, veterans, and their families with civilian employment opportunities, education options, workshops to enhance quality of life, and to highlight military and veteran services that are offered in the community," said Jim Webb, Military Affairs Coordinator at Wilmington University. "Veterans often face a multitude of challenges when seeking employment. Whether it's a lack of higher education, a physical or psychological injury, or inadequate preparation for a post-military career. Operation Success was designed to address these challenges."
Current employers who are signed up and ready to hire include: DIMO Corp., Westside Family Healthcare, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Delaware Army National Guard, Delaware Department of Labor-Division of Employment and Training, New Castle County Government, Delaware State Police, Swarthmore Financial Services, G4S Secure Solutions USA, Inc., Delaware Transition to Teaching Partnership, New Castle County EMS Division -- Paramedics, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, JPMorgan Chase, Delaware Department of Transportation, AFLAC, Pepco Holdings Inc., American Registry of Pathology, WJ Publishing, UPS, Enterprise Holdings, New Jersey State Police, Amazon, Philadelphia Police Department, Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County, C-Tech w/Goodwill Delaware & Delaware County, Walmart Distribution Center, Discover Financial Services, State of Delaware, QVC, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Norfolk Southern, HBCS, Burris Logistics
The April 21st event will also provide veterans with other information on topics including: education benefits, support for military children, healthcare and mental health resources, family services, and spousal support and employment.
In August 2011, Senator Coons convened a panel of Delaware's top experts on veterans to discuss ideas for boosting hiring. In May 2011, Senator Coons introduced Hire America's Heroes Act which addressed many of the issues America's veterans face as they re-enter the civilian workforce.