Operation Stand Down hosting job fair for RI veterans

July 23, 2014
Original Article
Kate Bramson

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island will host a job fair for veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.

More than 50 Rhode Island employers are expected to attend the job fair, including General Dynamics, Cardi’s Furniture, the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, Federal Express and more, the agency said Wednesday. Operation Stand Down’s executive director and general counsel, Erik B. Wallin, said the companies had to have “actual openings for placement” to join the job fair.

“All the employers we went to are very eager to offer jobs to vets,” said Julie Frisone, the agency’s veteran employment and training specialist.

The job fair is open to all veterans throughout Rhode Island.

Operation Stand Down helps homeless and low-income veterans find permanent and transitional housing. It operates six housing facilities throughout the state and provides rental assistance, employment training, job-placement help, food, clothing and other assistance to local veterans. The agency offers career services throughout the year at its West Warwick office, 790 Providence St.

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