Tennessee employers statewide are gearing up for the third annual Paychecks for Patriots hiring event to link Tennessee military veterans seeking jobs to employers who need them. More than 200 employers — including Jack Daniel’s and Dollar General — are expected to be part of the veterans’ career fairs to take place Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 sites across the state.
Again this year, Dollar General Corporation laid the groundwork for the event, backed by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development and strongly supported by Governor Bill Haslam.
“It’s gratifying to see the Paychecks for Patriots hiring event in Tennessee continuing to gain momentum as it enters its third year.” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “When we embarked on this journey, our collective goal was to bring the public and private sectors together to help Tennessee veterans find career opportunities and employers find great people. The partnership has been very successful, and I’m confident this year’s Paychecks for Patriots hiring event will be our best event so far here in Tennessee.”
Lynchburg’s Jack Daniel Distillery, producer of products sold in more than 140 countries, is taking part in the Paychecks for Patriots hiring event for the first time this year. Human Resources Generalist for Jack Daniel’s Jennifer Falcon said as a great American company, Jack Daniel’s strongly believes in giving back to local veterans.
“We are super excited to be involved with Paychecks for Patriots for the first time. We cannot wait to see the veterans who are interested in the jobs we’re offering at Jack Daniel’s,” said Falcon. “We hope all veterans stop by and see us on October 9.”
Falcon said Jack Daniel’s is always looking for the most qualified candidates the company can find. The company’s experience has shown that men and women coming out of the military typically have the background and skill sets the company is seeking. Jack Daniel’s has a long-standing record of hiring veterans.
Speaking for Jack Daniel’s in encouraging other employers to get involved with Paychecks for Patriots, Falcon said it’s the right thing to do. Jack Daniel’s and other employers want to provide veterans with the opportunity to have a good job once they get back into the workforce. She added that the hiring event is a wonderful resource for employers to find the best candidates.
“Paychecks for Patriots is an example of state agencies working together with Tennessee’s private employers to achieve something that is good for everybody — we’re helping employers find great candidates they’re looking for who can help our companies, and we’re providing great opportunities for veterans when they come back home,” said Haslam. “Our veterans have sacrificed in a way that all of us want to salute. We’re proud of them and want to reward their service to our country.”
Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips stressed that employers are actually hiring job seekers from the military community at Paychecks for Patriots.
“They are offering full-time jobs — not merely gathering résumés or offering education opportunities or self-employment,” he said. “The hiring fair is a tremendous opportunity for veterans to find a variety of jobs in one location.”
The local location for Paychecks for Patriots this year is the Tennessee Army National Guard, located at 1402 East Carroll St. in Tullahoma. All hiring events are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For a list of confirmed employers for each area, go to the Paychecks for Patriots website and scroll to the bottom and click <http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/Patriots/Paychecks.shtml>.
Brigadier General Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General who leads the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard, said Tennessee has been the fourth largest state in deployments since 9/11, with nearly 30,000 going to war.
“Some of these young men and women coming back have never had a job, having gone into military service straight out of high school,” Haston said. “They’re coming back more mature, and it’s time for us to help them get into the workplace.”