Plymouth resident Jesse Brown is on a mission to better help veterans and their families transition into civilian life.
He founded a nonprofit called Heidrea for Heroes, providing free career training, home and vehicle modifications, wheelchair ramps, and mobility equipment for veterans and their families.
“I got out of the service in 1999 after serving four years,” said Brown, who was a field radio operator in the Marine Corps. “Even though I came back to family and friends, they were all finishing up school or in their careers. In my time, there wasn’t much help — my top priority was finding employment.”
On Nov. 7, just shy of Veterans Day, Brown’s organization will partner with the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce for a “job-connection mixer” for veterans and military spouses. Billed as a departure from a traditional job fair, the event will be held at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall starting at 4 p.m.
“Unlike a job fair where representatives are behind a booth, we ask them to be in front of the table to engage,” Brown said, adding that approximately 30 employers will be on-site. “More face time with these representatives allows a better chance for vets to get employed — it’s the best way to present yourself — than a piece of paper.”
Brown says veterans can avoid limiting themselves to their military occupational specialties by broadening their approach. “However, some of the skills and training from one’s MOS can translate directly to the private sector,” he said.
Businesses in search of analysts, for instance, might find veterans with a wealth of experience in intelligence gathering and processing. There are countless other roles that organizations need to fill, from administration to information technology to project management, that could be performed by experienced servicemen and women transitioning to civilian life today, Brown said.
Memorial Hall is located at 83 Court St.Jonathan Ng can be reached at Jonathan.Ng@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanNgBOS.