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Shrewsbury resident recognized by Senator Brown

Shrewsbury's Ed Hack with Senator Scott Brown

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Senator Scott Brown paid a visit to the region this week to congratulate Veterans Inc., on receiving a $400,000 grant designed to broaden veterans access to public transportation. He also presented long overdue medals to Quincy native Russell Erikson for his valor during World War II.

While in town, he had the opportunity to chat with Shrewsbury resident Ed Hack, now a Veterans Inc. employee, who found his job via Senator Browns job fair back in January.

“The Job Fair sponsored by Senator Scott Brown at Worcester State University in January was the first job fair I attended. At the time I was 6 months from retirement and was looking forward to the opportunity to meet with potential employers. As a career soldier I wasn’t sure what to expect but felt I had a solid resume, a good “elevator speech” and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at Hanscom Air Force Based had provided me with a great foundation. I was impressed by the size of the job fair, the numbers of employers represented and the large number of fellow job seekers. I noticed on several occasions Senator Brown interacting with both employers and job-seekers; he appeared to be very hands-on with this job fair. I met with perhaps 8 employers at the job fair, but having targeted non-profit organizations in my career search I was thrilled to see that Veterans Inc. was participating in the Job Fair. I spoke with John Valis a member of the Employment and Training team at Veterans Inc. for around ten minutes and gave him my resume. Two days later Jennifer Allen from Veterans Inc. called me for an interview and that Friday I was sitting in the War Room at Veterans Inc. being interviewed by the President & CEO of Veterans Inc. Vin Perrone, and Executive Director Denis Leary and a few others.”

It’s one thing to talk about job creation in theory, but the key lies in actually making it happen, and these job fairs have created a fantastic opportunity for employers to connect directly with those more than willing to work. Hopefully we’ll see more of them in the future.

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One Response to Shrewsbury resident recognized by Senator Brown

  1. MarineVeteran

    July 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I’m truly glad to see Scott Brown doing so much for veterans that often struggle to transition into ordinary civilian life in a nation that has inhospitably overlooked them. Brown selflessly served in the National Guard for over thirty years. The man himself is a veteran, and anyone who has previously served or is currently defending our country deserves the utmost respect.

    Many veterans desperately need all the assistance they can get, especially considering a 12.1% veteran unemployment rate is contributing to vast homelessness. Brown has made increasing veteran benefits a high priority because it is simply the right thing to do. He helped generate the Hire A Hero initiative, which President Obama approved, and structured the Office of Servicemember Affairs. On top of that, he takes the time to commend extraordinary individuals for their brave efforts by presenting medals at various local events.

    All politics aside, Scott Brown is a good person who fights for good people. Since today is July 4th, please do as he has done and thank anyone who has served or is currently serving this great nation for their valor and dedication.

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