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Will County launches jobs program for veterans

Updated: January 21, 2014 11:23AM



A three-year pilot program to put Will County veterans to work was kicked off recently with the first of three $50,000 checks from Waste Management to the county.

The Lee Addleman/Will County Veterans’ Employment Advocacy Project will help vets land jobs through employer-based internships and will be administered by the county’s Workforce Services Division. Addleman was a Vietnam veteran and longtime official of Waste Management.

“Waste Management is proud to make this donation to Will County in the name of Lee Addleman, a great man who served his country, was a valued Waste Management employee and a friend to everyone he met,” said Dale Hoekstra, Waste Management’s director of operations, who presented the check to County Executive Larry Walsh.

The company has pledged to donate $50,000 more in each of the next two years, at which time the program will be re-evaluated.

The Workforce Services Division will identify veteran-friendly employers and work with Joliet Junior College, Lewis University, Governors State University and the University of St. Francis as well as the state and veterans organizations to refer vets to the program, according to Pat Fera, manager of the Workforce Services Division. While veterans have access to education and training, they may lack experience in certain fields, which the paid internships are designed to provide.



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