By Tacoma Weekly Staff - November 1, 2018
In partnership with the Joe Walsh VetsAid Tacoma Dome concert, Goodwill’s Operation:GoodJobs veterans program is hosting a free Sunday, Nov. 11 VetsAid Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milgard Work Opportunity Center, about two miles south of the Tacoma Dome at 714 S. 27th St.
The goal of the VetsAid Job Fair is to make sustainable career opportunities available by hosting 50 top companies with jobs targeted for transitioning service members, veterans of any era, spouses of military members, and dependents of working age.
The job fair precedes the 6 p.m. Tacoma Dome VetsAid Second Annual Concert and military fundraiser, featuring Joe Walsh, Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, HAIM and Ringo Starr.
The effort is spearheaded by Joe Walsh, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multi GRAMMY award recipient. Both the concert and free job fair are designed to provide support for Pierce County’s military family and veteran community. His first concert in 2017 was attended by more than 7,000 and raised more than $400,000 for nonprofits.
Nonprofits receiving funding this year will include Suiting Warriors, Hire our Heroes, AMVETS WA, Salmon for Soldiers, Hero’s Bridge, Right Turn for Yuma Vets, Work Vessels for Vets, Arkansas Run for Fallen, Music Works4Veterans, HeartStrides, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Sentinels of Freedom, Warrior Canine Connection, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Semper Fi Fund, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Stop Soldier Suicide, Operation Mend and Hire Heroes USA.
Providing support to organizations that care for the nation’s military wounded, ill and injured is deeply personal to Walsh, a Gold Star survivor whose father died while on active duty on Okinawa, Japan when Walsh was 20 months old.
“It’s important to me that VetsAid can not only create a memorable day of music but also make an impact in Tacoma and the surrounding region by helping local vets looking for work connect with employers and funding regional veterans services groups for the year ahead,” says Walsh. “I wanted VetsAid to bring communities together and I’m proud to launch this job fair with Operation: GoodJobs and recognize these grant recipients.”