Veterans Education, Benefits, and Employment Fair


July 11, 2014

Valdosta, GA— Lowndes County and surrounding communities have been known for stepping in and providing support and assistance when needed to our local military, military families, and veterans. Recent events that will leave several hundred without jobs at Moody AFB has the troops rallying again. There are several upcoming programs being held to aid these and other veterans in their transition to civilian life. One such program is the 3rd annual Veterans Education, Benefits, and Employment Fair sponsored by Valdosta Veteran’s 1st and the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Student Veterans Association.

Valdosta Veterans 1st and the Wiregrass Student Veteran’s Association would like to invite military personnel, veterans, their spouses and dependents to a Veterans Education, Benefits and Employment Fair. Representatives from local colleges, the Georgia Department of Labor, the Veterans Administration, and other veterans’ service organization will be present to offer education, training, and employment opportunities. The event will be held on July 23, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta Campus in Brooks Hall.

The event will provide veterans and their families with information on different veterans retraining programs, veteran education reimbursement programs, and other benefits aimed at getting veterans back to work. Veteran’s organizations will have representatives on hand to help individuals navigate through options that are best suited to their situation. They will also be available to work with veterans and their families on other programs including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Employment Assistance. “By attending the Veterans’ Education, Benefits, and Employment Fair last year I was able to meet with organizations within the community that I don’t normally associate with,” shared Technical Sergeant (Retired) Angela Aldred. “Valdosta Veterans 1st and Wiregrass brought so many companies into the Fair and it afforded the veterans in attendance the chance to get employment, education, and health help so many of us so desperately need.”

The Veteran’s Education, Benefits, and Employment Fair will have representatives from local colleges, and area organizations that provide assistance to veterans and employers who have veteran’s hiring programs in place. This event is very timely due to government cutbacks. Moody Air Force Base will lose 300-400 service members during the course of the coming year. Community leaders have rallied and put into place Operation Moody Transition in an effort to provide support to those that are affected and hope that they will continue to live and work in the community. This event is one of several upcoming events planned in Valdosta as part of Operation Moody Transition. The event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Tim Oliver, Lt. Col. USAF Retired, at 229-561-5251.