When veterans come home from war, one of the first things counselors often tell them is to find a good job. And quickly.
"When they are in the military they have a job -- the military," said Wayne Miller, a team leader and counselor at the Silver Spring Vet Center. "When they get out there's a lot of concern and stress. It's very important they get a job immediately so they can continue their life's process. It gives them consistency and keeps the family unit together."
With that in mind, MontgomeryWorks, the county's one-stop career center, recently sponsored a federal job fair for veterans. About 100 veterans attended, many having served recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some could no longer walk.
On hand to discuss job opportunities were more than a half-dozen employers, including the Maryland National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, Montgomery County government and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
The veterans job fair was the first in a series of job fairs for soldiers that will be held around the state.
Miller, who attended the recent job fair, said getting veterans together in the same room and with the same goal is an important part of what he called "the reentry process."
"It gives them a sense of dignity and pride and duty and country," said Miller, who was disabled in the Vietnam War. "You have veterans helping other veterans. It's like taking them out of one family and putting them in another."
Law Firm Promotes Two
Paley Rothman, a Washington law firm with offices in Bethesda, has promoted two of its attorneys to principals in the more than 30-year-old firm.
Aubrey Moss, a Bethesda resident, one of the new principals, is a member of the firm's litigation and family-law practice groups. She handles a variety of cases, including divorce, property, support and child custody.
The other new principal is Howard Soypher, also a member of the firm's litigation and family-law practice groups.
His focus is on family law, commercial and business disputes, and estate litigation. He lives in New Market.
Working Farms Still Alive
With Crown Farm near Gaithersburg recently being sold and with thousands of houses going up in Clarksburg, it may seem that all the farms in the county are disappearing.
But maybe not.
Late last month, county officials hosted the Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, providing visitors an opportunity to experience life on a farm and to buy farm-fresh products -- from working farms, not farm stands set up on developed property that used to be farms.
Some of the farms on the tour were Phillips Farm, in Germantown; Homestead Farm, in Poolesville; and Butler's Orchard, in Germantown.
Networking and Recreation
Business people looking to beat the heat -- and network at the same time -- may want to think about an upcoming "Business After Hours" event hosted by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.
On Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the organization is hosting an evening of bowling, networking and complimentary refreshments at Strike Bethesda. Admission is free for chamber members and $10 for guests.
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