Updated: Monday, 11 Mar 2013, 6:30 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 11 Mar 2013, 6:27 PM EDT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- For the third year in a row, Gateway Community College held it's Veteran's Resource Fair on Monday. Gateway has 280 veteran students and say events like this can bring in more than five hundred attendees.
"It really enables us to provide necessary resources to our veteran community. They've fought so hard for us, and have dedicated themselves and now it's time for us to kind of give back to them," said Kellie Byrd Danso, Gateway Community College.
Veterans had the chance to speak with community leaders, seek out service providers, and fill out job applications. For veterans like 25-year-old David Perez, it was an event not to be missed.
"This is actually great cause you don't, not only do you have all the companies that are hiring right now, but you have them in one room. It doesn't get easier than that," said Perez.
There were representatives from several colleges and universities but many veterans were surprised to find out they weren't just there talk about education, they were also there to talk about job opportunities.
Schools like Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven, and University of Bridgeport all set up shop for the day. Yale University says they find recruits at each one of the resource fairs they attend.
"We're not just an institution for higher education, we are an employer. We employ over nine thousand employees at Yale in various categories, clerical and technical, management and professional, service and maintenance," said Teretha Brooks, recruiter for Yale University.