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Returning soldiers seek employment at veteran job fair


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Veterans recently suited up, got their game face on and sprung into action.

A job fair for military veterans was held at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale on Friday, June 8. Over 90 companies and organizations were in attendance as well as State Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblymember Mike Miller.

“Veterans have a lot of hurdles to jump over once they return,” Addabbo said.

The job fair comes at a time where many veterans are struggling to find employment. The unemployment rate for all veterans is 7.8 percent, below the national average of 8.2 percent, but nearly 13 percent of returning soldiers find themselves without a job,

“The transition from military to civilian life is challenging,” said Chris Bliss, a U.S. Army veteran who served overseas in Bosnia and Iraq.

Bliss was recruiting at the fair for NYC Business Solutions, a city government initiative offering free services for new small business owners.

“Life goes on after the service. You have to find a job,” said Bliss.

Ellis Gomez, a U.S. Navy veteran originally from Puerto Rico who has several years experience in the Navy as an electrical technician as well as degree in electrical engineering, said it has not been easy to land a job in this economy.

“[The job market] has a lot of ups and downs,” Gomez said, who was one of more than 100 vets at the fair.

U.S. Army vet and Queens resident Louis Goagioa felt that the discipline and humility of veterans gives them an edge in the job market.

“Veterans are much more coachable. They are ready to learn at all times,” said Goagioa. “It’s been more than difficult for veterans [to find a job]. It’s disheartening.” Addabbo stressed the importance of taking initiative to help veterans.

“We do a lot for our veterans, but we can still do more.”

Soldiers reunited with four-legged friends


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Trading in sand for grass, they now have a stamp in their passports and a new home in America.

Rio, Beethoven, Gus, Liberty and Charlie were among the 14 stray dogs from Afghanistan anxiously waiting, with wagging tails, to be reunited with their now official owners — U.S. soldiers who befriended and “adopted” the pooches while serving halfway around the world.

On Wednesday, November 16, the tarmac of JFK Airport saw a heartwarming event, as soldiers and pups embraced with hugs, kisses and slobbery licks.

The project, “Operation American Reunite,” was led by a group called Nowzad Dogs — the first and only dog rescue organization serving stray animals in Afghanistan. With the help of American Airlines, American Dog Rescue, and Cathy Kangas, CEO of PRAI Beauty, the four-legged friends were first transported by a freight operation from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Dubai, and then to London.

From there, American Airlines Cargo flew them to JFK, where more than a dozen soldiers — who were also flown in from their respective hometowns across the country — anticipated taking home their furry companions.

Each dog was taken to a veterinarian prior to the reunion.

The troop members had taken in the pups while serving in Afghanistan, but had to leave them behind when their deployments ended. According to reports, the soldiers said the canines were unwavering companions who helped ease the stresses of war and homesickness.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/07/2011: Small child’s severed foot found on front lawn in Rosedale


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The Round Up - News From Around Queens Updated Daily

Suspect smashes 12 cars in Astoria

A driver is under arrest for allegedly plowing into a dozen vehicles in Queens. Police say Michael DeLorenzo jumped into a friend’s car early Sunday morning following a dispute in Astoria. When responding police attempted to stop him, they say he took off and ran through two red lights, striking a car at each intersection. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Small child’s severed foot found on front lawn in Rosedale

A man taking out the garbage Sunday night made a gruesome discovery. The man found the severed foot of a small child on his front lawn. The child is believed to be three or four years old. Search dogs worked the area on 139th Street, but apparently found nothing else. Read More: CBS News

 

26 Army National Guard soldiers from Queens ready for deployment to Afghanistan

Twenty-six men and women from the Army National Guard left for training ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan on Saturday. There were tears, hugs and lots of goodbyes in Queens at an American Legion during a farewell ceremony for 26 members of the 14th Finance Detachment. Read More: CBS News

 

Ex-tribal chief peddled ecstasy

An elderly former upstate Mohawk chief who once ran on an anti-drug platform in a tribal election has just been charged with ecstasy-trafficking in New York City. Federal agents last week busted Native American honcho Philip Tarbell after he allegedly tried to sell $60,000 worth of the psychedelic drug — stashed in a candy box — to an undercover officer near JFK Airport. He had already pleaded guilty to peddling marijuana last year. Read More: New York Post

 

Queens Courier crowns ‘Kings’

The Queens Courier hosted its 4th Annual Kings of Queens at Terrace on the Park, at which leaders in the business and no-for-profit worlds were feted. Read More: Queens Courier

FAA Investigates Lasers Shined On Planes At LaGuardia

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating Sunday after lasers were pointed at two airplanes on the same runway at LaGuardia Airport the previous night. Officials say a laser was pointed at a Jetlink flight that was landing around 6 p.m. Saturday and another was pointed at a United plane about an hour later. Read More: NY1