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Goal of Veteran Appreciation Month: Jobs for local veterans

May 06, 2002|STAFF REPORT

"If your business needs a skilled, experienced and mature worker, then you're looking for a veteran," said Norma Kastner-Jauregui, manager of the Imperial County Employment Development Department offices.

During "Veteran Appreciation Month" in May, EDD offices statewide will make special efforts to find jobs for veterans.

"Some veterans have encountered difficulty in securing employment. For that reason we take this opportunity to call on local employers, organized labor, veterans' organizations and government leaders to ensure that veterans receive the services to which they are entitled and to promote employer interest in hiring veterans," said Kastner-Jauregui.

"No matter what the job, there are veterans who can do it and EDD can help employers find them," said Kastner-Jauregui," "And let's not forget that veterans are not only men. This campaign is to increase employment opportunities for all veterans, both men and women, who have served our nation in the military."

Local veterans employment representatives and disabled veterans outreach program staff in the EDD offices throughout the state are committed to finding jobs and providing training and promotional opportunities for former military personnel. Veteran representatives ensure veterans will receive services they are entitled to and promote employer interest in hiring veterans. In addition, they refer veterans to other supportive services.


On May 14, the EDD, in collaboration with the veterans employment committee of the Imperial Valley, will be sponsoring a one-day veterans workshop. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and U.S. Customs will be available to inform veterans on how to obtain employment with these departments.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the El Centro West One-Stop Center, 1550 W. Main St.

For more information or to register for the workshop call Joe Rodrigues at 339-2716 or Ed Castillo-Rubio at 339-2707.

Kastner-Jauregui urges local veterans and local employers to stop by the Imperial Valley EDD office, or visit the Internet to learn more about services and programs for which they may qualify. Information regarding EDD programs and services can be found at

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