Johnson City, Tenn.– If you are a veteran in Northeast Tennessee, you will want to mark Friday, September 12 on your calendar and join Congressman Phil Roe at the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City to learn about support services for veterans along with information on housing opportunities, starting a small business and open job opportunities for veterans.
The free event, “Services for Those Who Have Served,” is hosted by Congressman Roe and will include representatives of federal agencies and service providers on site. The program is presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University. All will discuss special programs specifically focused on those who have served in our nation’s armed forces at information sessions held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
“Ensuring our service members have a better quality of life for the sacrifices they made is always at the forefront of my mind. That is why I am pleased to host such an important event that will create new opportunities for our veterans. As a veteran, I support action to better the health and well-being of our service members and their families through my work in Congress, and as a member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” said Congressman Roe.
With a wealth of services available to veterans from federal and state agencies, the event will highlight how veterans can immediately access benefits that are available to those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.
With skills learned in military service, returning soldiers may have an interest in starting a small business. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration will discuss what it takes to start a small business and loans available specifically to veterans. “Working capital is available for both veterans and their spouses to start a small business,” said Walter Perry, District Director for SBA.
Housing options is another part of the program as there are home loan and rental assistance programs available to veterans. “With today’s low home mortgage rates, veterans may purchase a home through a FHA loan,” said Ed Ellis, Knoxville Field Office Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “We encourage veterans to attend the event to learn more about the housing and job opportunities,” he added.
Employment opportunities for veterans in Northeast Tennessee will also be presented.
Veterans receive priority of service through the Tennessee Career Center System and are assisted in registering with the state’s online labor exchange module, Jobs4TN Online. The comprehensive database offers access to more than 90,000 local jobs and serves as a virtual recruiter, automatically notifying job seekers when jobs they may qualify for are posted and notifying employers when candidates who fit their needs register.
Veterans should also mark their calendars now for Thursday, October 9. On that day the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is again partnering with large discount retailer Dollar General in putting on the third annual Paychecks for Patriots hiring fair for veterans in 10 locations across Tennessee. Local employers with immediate openings for veterans will be represented at the event.