Aiming to “Serve those who have served,” organizers and partners in today’s Eastern Kentucky Veterans’ Expo at Boyd County Middle School are prepared for a crowd.
The event, which will get under way at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m., has been engineered to put valuable resources in the hands of those who’ve served in America’s military and provide connections each can use, according to Morehead State University’s director of military initiatives, Max Ammons.
“Most of the veterans’ job fairs that I’ve seen are held in large, urban areas. And I understand that it is easier to hold these types of events in urban areas where the job market is more robust and the veteran population is dense. Yet, urban-centric job fairs are not as helpful for our many veterans in eastern Kentucky and the Tri-State region of Appalachia. Our veterans deserve the support of our local communities, so we completely changed the paradigm. We developed a regional event that offers employment opportunities plus a full range of other resources. And we did it collaboratively with federal, state and local partners. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you,’ to the many men and women of our region who have honorably served in the military,” Ammons said.
Distinguished visitors scheduled to attend the Expo include: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State; State Rep. Rocky Adkins; Edward H. Seiler, director of the Huntington VA Medical Center; Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University; Brigadier General Stephen R. Hogan — Assistant Adjutant General, Kentucky National Guard; Lindsey Haukom, Mrs. Kentucky; State Sen. Walter Blevins; and State Rep. Kevin Sinnette.
“Also, we will have a surprise guest for entertainment … out of Nashville with connections to Ashland,” Ammons said.
Among the many resources to be presented will be employment opportunities, Ammons noted. Employers who have committed to the expo include Airstreams Renewable, Inc., Ashland Chick-fil-A, AT&T, AutoZone, Bill Cole Automall, Calgon Carbon Corp., Cintas Corp., epTransportation, a division of Employment Plus, Excalibur Services, Federal Bureau of Prisons — FCI Ashland, FedEx Ground, Forest Hill Military Academy, Kentucky Army National Guard, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, Kentucky Secretary of State, Kentucky Teleworks, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Kingsbrook Life Care, Kentucky Department of Corrections, Lake Cumberland CDL Training School, Lexington Fayette Urban County Division of Community Corrections, Liberty Tax Service, Liebert/Emerson Network Power, Louisville Metro Police Department, Lowes Home Improvement, Manpower, Marathon Petroleum Co. — Marine Transportation, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Nestle, PeopleScout Resume Employer, PNC Bank, Ramey-Estep Homes, Rent-A-Center, Republic Services, Reserve National Insurance, Shelter of Hope, Smithfield Packing, SourceHOV, Speedway, Star Transport, TJ Maxx, Tristate Food Systems, Troops to Teachers — Kentucky, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, VA Medical Center, Veolia Environmental Services, Veterans Administration Hospital-Huntington, Walmart Stores, West Virginia Division of Corrections, Western & Southern Life and Woodmen of the World.
“Plus the Kentucky Association of Manufactures have joined us recently, so we expect several more employers to be added,” Ammons said.
The Eastern Kentucky Veterans Expo is sponsored by Morehead State University in cooperation with the community, veterans services, volunteers and businesses “to honor, assist and publicly recognize the men and women who have honorably served and are currently serving our nation.” The Expo also will provide education and training information, a career fair, resume development and medical screening.
TIM PRESTON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.