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Veterans Find New Job Prospects Aboard Retired WWII Vessel

May 26, 2016

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Originally Appeared In Mlive
May 20, 2016

MUSKEGON, MI – Carol Wilson hasn’t worked in a “long time,” but after her husband died and her car was stolen, the disabled veteran was forced to seek employment again.

Wilson was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after becoming a victim of an outbreak of spiral meningitis that infected more than 60 recruits at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. The wheel-chair bound veteran received no pension or Purple Heart for her medical problems, and found little help from veterans organizations before moving to Muskegon from Texas.

“Since I moved, the VA has helped me look for work and housing,” she said. “I have been helped more here than anywhere else.”

She was among hundreds of veterans and unemployed who took advantage of a job fair held in the hold of the USS LST 393, a retired tank transport ship. About 61 businesses and organizations met veterans and job seekers Friday.

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