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Remember Our Veterans…. And Hire Them

As told by the Putnam County Veterans’ Services Agency, “on the morning of November 11, 1918, after four years of war,   Allied and German powers met in Rethondes, France, to sign an armistice that halted the hostilities of World War I. The agreement was signed shortly after 5:00 a.m. and went into effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, finally bringing to an end the carnage of the Great War—the war thought by many to be the war that would end all wars. This date was designated as Armistice Day to honor the Veterans of that war…”

Sadly, it wasn’t the end but rather the beginning of a very violent period of nearly 100 years. Veterans of all ages have returned from overseas conflicts to a barren job market, and as we remember our veterans on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th, please consider hiring a vet or supporting their efforts to start a new business.

Veterans deserve our thanks for serving to defend our freedom and our way of life, and are ready for our workplace, demonstrating maturity and an understanding of teamwork often lacking in other young citizens.  They volunteered for service with a good basic education and then were well trained in a variety of skills – not just to point and fire a rifle.  Today’s battlefield is a place of high-tech communications, logistics, mechanics, medicine and more.

Some vets struggle with the transition into civilian life, and our concern and support is needed.  However, most are more than ready to take their place in our general society with a little assistance. The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce works with our local Veterans’ Services Agency to promote awareness and assist in their transition to civilian life.  For information contact Karl Rohde, Director, Putnam County Veterans’ Services Agency at (845) 808-1620, email

-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce

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