Getting veterans good jobs was the drumbeat at Gateway Community College Monday.
Area vets were invited to attend Gateway’s resource and job fair, meant to open some doors on the homefront for about 300 students who are military veterans.
The job fair included prospective employers, four-year colleges and health care service outlets all designed to assist those who served us.
Kellie Danso, Gateway’s director of career affairs and veterans services, said: “Whatever we can do to help make their transition into college into life easier is what we want to do. We want to be of service to them.”
Sgt. Marcelo Camacho, an Air Force veteran and Gateway student, said hiring soldiers usually is a plus for employers.
“I think it’s the culture. It’s the discipline,” Sgt. Camacho said.
The state unemployment rate now stands at 7.4 percent. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Richard Blumenthal also attended the event, which was Gateway’s third annual Veterans Job and Resource Fair.