State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) visits with area veterans during Thursday’s Metro East Veteran’s fair at the American Legion in Edwardsville.
EDWARDSVILLE — Metro East veterans came together to learn about job opportunities, educational options and benefits during a veterans resource fair Thursday.
State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) and Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) hosted the fair at Edwardsville American Legion Post 199 to give veterans the opportunity to access state, local and federal resources in one location.
“All veterans should be fully aware of the tools and services they have earned through their service,” Haine said. “This fair had opportunities for both younger veterans looking for education and career resources and older veterans who may need assistance with benefits.”
“There are a variety of different services and opportunities available to veterans, and our goal throughout the Veterans Resource Fair was to bring as much of that as possible to a central location,” Beiser said. “Our military heroes deserve to know about their rights as veterans, as well as the different services that they have access to.”
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Madison County Veterans Assistance Commission and the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs provided information and assisted veterans who had questions.
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Madison County Recorder Amy Meyer gave veterans information on fraud prevention and legal services.
Representatives from Lewis and Clark Community College, Southwestern Illinois College and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission talked to veterans about programs and scholarships.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security provided employment information and resources for job seekers. Members of IBEW Local 649 were on hand to tell veterans about apprenticeship opportunities.
“I appreciate the Edwardsville American Legion Post 199 for opening its doors for this event,” Haine said.