Health care exhibitors will include representatives from the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital, and employment agencies will include the Mass. Workforce Training Fund program, Mass. Transit Assistance, the North Shore Business Center and the federal General Services Administration, which can discuss governmental and other employment on a global basis, Nestor said.
“They can get counseling and help on everything from writing their wills to mortgages,” said Kevin Burgess, district commander of Gloucester’s AMVETS Post 32, which is heavily involved in the project. “There’s just going to be a wealth of knowledge. I’ve been out (of the service) for 20 years, and I know there were a lot of things I wasn’t even aware of. That’s the case with a lot of veterans.”
Nestor said that, in addition to connecting veterans with potential employers, health care providers and education opportunities, the goal of Saturday’s forum is to simply raise many veterans’ awareness of the services for which they’re eligible. That, in turn, drives home the point that they have a great deal of support in Essex County’s communities, he said.
“This is about employment, health services, veterans services, education — it’s about all of that,” said Nestor, who has often spoken of the challenges faced by veterans returning to civilian life. “But it’s also very much about support — and making sure they know that support that is there for them.”