The path for soldiers recovering from combat-related injuries can be a long and arduous road, as the separation from the military comes from external forces. But, a career fair for recovering soldiers at the Soldier Recovery Unit Fort Drum, New York, was a beacon of hope and opportunity, illuminating paths toward brighter futures. Since 2023, AMSG has been the Prime Contractor leading a team in support of the Defense Health Agency’s Warrior Care Recovery Coordination Program. Our team regularly participates in career fairs as an exhibitor — career fairs just like the one at Fort Drum.

At the fair, Veterans found a supportive environment tailored to their unique needs and experiences, led by friendly face James West. West, E2I/OWF Regional Coordinator Region 1 – Northeast Recovery Coordination Program at the Defense Health Agency, recruited 16 employers to attend the event, ranging from local and national companies to education resources and service organizations. As the Regional Coordinator for Region 1, covering Pennsylvania to Maine, James helps recovering service members (wounded, ill, or injured) find employment, federal internships, or education opportunities.

At the Fort Drum Career Fair, tables from companies eager to embrace the unique skill sets and dedication of service members dotted the venue, offering a spectrum of career possibilities for life after the Army. Forty-six recovering service members attended the event, each personally welcomed to the event by James to help guide them to organizations that would benefit their future goals. This personal touch and connection helped attendees to not feel overwhelmed or intimidated.

This is the second fair held here, with the Soldier Recovery Unit staff looking forward to the upcoming 2nd WWP Transition Ready Class West scheduled for April and upcoming Career Day events in May and June.

Through the camaraderie forged and opportunities unveiled, this event not only empowered recovering soldiers, but also served as a testament to the unwavering support of community organizations and employers.

“I was asked to walk the SRU Command Team to each of the 16 organizations that attended to hear what they offer for their RSMs and what their organization is about,” said James.

For his efforts in putting the event together and continuous work to support recovering service members at the SRU, the SRU Command Team recognized James and the Recruit Military Rep, now housed at the SRU.

“I feel honored to see that I am doing my best to make a difference in [recovering service members’] lives,” says James, “It was my honor and privilege to bring this event together for our service members and their families.”

Written by: Sheila Rupp