NEW ORLEANS - In too many cases, American military veterans can face major challenges in making the transition to civilian life upon retirement. Far too often those who served our country end up homeless after they leave the military.
On Friday, Congressman Steve Scalise, R-La., hosts a job fair at Delgado especially designed for service members and veterans.
There will be 50 southeast Louisiana companies represented at the job fair. They will be ready to discuss job openings with veterans, take applications, and conduct job interviews.
Too many veterans have a rough time making the move from the structured lifestyle of the military to life past retirement from the service.
The Volunteers of America reported 25 percent of those who are homeless are veterans, and in New Orleans, that translates into 2,800 homeless vets.
Retired Major David Garic understands the challenges veterans face, and works through the VOA to help them successfully make the transition to civilian life.
"They are used to a structured environment in the military. In some cases they leave that environment and don't necessarily replace that structure," Garic said.
The fair is designed to help veterans avoid those problems. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Delgado Student Life Center.