|Tucked away among the historic buildings lining Highland Avenue in Hollywood, you’ll find the American Legion Post 43. The building dates back to the early 1920s, and as you walk inside, you can’t help but be transported back in time, most notably by framed newspapers lining the walls, highlighting many of the major wartime developments in the US over the past 100 years.
The building now houses events for legion members, as well as various outside events. One such event, the Veterans Economic Summit and Job Fair, took place there recently and Century Group was proud to be a sponsor.
The annual event, presented by the Veterans Advocacy Group of America (VAGA), provides information and resources to assist returning veterans in the transition to civilian life. Throughout the morning, veterans were able to speak to representatives from various companies and organizations, as well as attend workshops on life skills, interview skills, personal management skills and job preparation.
Brad Horton, Director of Client Services at Century Group, spoke to the veterans in attendance. “My father, brother and sister-in-law are veterans, so I know first-hand how helpful these types of events can be,” he shared. “It’s an honor to help these veterans find jobs as they acclimate with civilian life.”
|Olivia Chavez, Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and Founder of the Veteran Awareness Project, was the keynote speaker for the event. She spoke about the abundance of opportunities and encouraged the veterans to take advantage of this chance to speak with the sponsors and exhibitors at the event. “They’re here because they want to help you, so make sure to follow through. That’s the key.”
The event also provided the next generation with the tools necessary to be successful through VAGA’s annual backpack giveaway. Funded by supply donations and proceeds from the event, a total of 300 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to the children of veterans that afternoon.