The career fair hosted by Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Department of Family Services and drew more than 500 job seekers at its event on Tuesday, November 4. Sixty-six companies participated in the hybrid event which gave veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses transitioning out of the military an opportunity to interview for positions both in person and virtually across the country. Employers including Amazon, Microsoft, Verizon, Cox Communications, Inova Health System and the U.S. Department of Justice were just a few of the companies on hand to talk with interested job seekers. 250 of the attendees came in person, while 259 attended virtually.
“The feedback from the business and veteran community has been extremely positive. We were very excited to build on our partnership with Fort Belvoir and hold the event in the beautiful National Museum of the United States Army. Given the success of the event we look forward to making this a yearly event,” commented Rebecca Moudry, director of the Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives.
Fairfax County Supports our Veterans!
More than 80,000 veterans call Fairfax County home. Fairfax County is committed to those who served our country and provides a myriad of support to veterans and their families. Below are a few of the ways that Fairfax County supports our veteran population:
- Veterans preference for Fairfax County Government jobs. Fairfax County is a proud Virginia Values Veterans (V3)-certified organization. In 2021 Fairfax County the 2021 Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Locality Award at the recent Virginia Veterans and Military Affairs Conference hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
- Service members receive free RECenter admissions on Veterans Day
- The Human Services Resource Guide includes a comprehensive list of services available for veterans.
- Veterans Employment Initiative: matches veterans with jobs, internships, mentorships and certifications.
- The Economic Development Authority has resources to help veterans interested in becoming an entrepreneur develop a business plan. Call 703-790-0600 (TTY 711) for an appointment; ask for a SCORE counselor.
- Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County workshops: what is needed to get a business up and running here and the resources available to help that happen.
- The Virginia Department of Veterans Services also provides information on benefits; veterans education; transition and employment; care centers; veterans cemeteries; the Virginia War Memorial; and the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program.
- Personal property (car) and real estate tax relief is available to disabled veterans and spouses of veterans killed in action who meet qualifications.
VETERANS IN NEED
- The General District Court provides the Veterans Treatment Docket, a voluntary, court-supervised treatment program to help veterans who have been arrested and have substance use issues and/or have other diagnosed mental health conditions.
- Every month, an estimated dozen or more veterans are identified in our county as being homeless. We work closely with our community partners including nonprofits and faith organizations to provide housing and support services.