Veterans are being invited to the annual no-cost combined Veterans Job and Resource Fair, Homeless & Veteran Stand Down on Thursday.
The main fair, open to the public, is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.
Before that, however, vets needing VA assistance can speak to representatives from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Veterans make up nearly 10 percent of the county population, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
The Stand Down is designed to inform veterans and the public in general about the special employment opportunities and unique services provided by surrounding communities
The event is being held in conjunction with the month of May being proclaimed National Military Appreciation Month by the federal and county governments. It consists of several components, according to veterans representative Milt Batson of the Employment Development Department, including:
The job and resource fair, providing employment opportunities and serviceprovider , needs-based services; and
Community homeless services components to help homeless veterans and others break the homeless cycle.
“We anticipate a collaboration of employers, service providers and community-based organizations who will want to share employment or service provider opportunities and at the same time acknowledge local veterans, their families and those serving on active duty for their significant contributions while maintaining freedom for the United States of America,” Batson said.
Batson said nonveteran homeless won’t qualify this year for give-away items like free bus passes, clothing and such, due to the “very limited” fair funding. They are, however, welcome to attend the employment and service provider components of the fair.
For more information call Batson at 788-2687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.