The Queens Chronicle this week launched a new program designed to match veterans returning from the conflicts in the Middle East with area employers.
The initiative is called “SitWant” — military-style speak for Situation Wanted, the kind of ad a potential employee takes out, as opposed to a Help Wanted ad from an employer. In the new Chronicle initiative, the SitWant ads are being offered free to servicemen and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And we’re encouraging all potential employers in Queens, and all around the city, to take a good hard look at the men and women who will be posting the ads. These are people used to serving under the most difficult conditions anyone could work in. They’re skilled, disciplined and ready to put in a good day’s work [see Editorial, page 8].
A full-page ad touting the program and detailing how to utilize it is appearing this week in each of our eight editions, which together reach about 400,000 readers across the borough each week. It will also appear online, in the PDF form of our South Queens editon. Veterans can either clip and mail in a form that is on the ad page, or just email all the relevant information directly to Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler.
Gene Burch, house chairman of American Legion Post 1424, is among those glad to hear about the initiative. When Burch returned from Vietnam, where he served as a supply sergeant, he went right back to his old job at Woolworth’s. But many then, and now are not so lucky.
“It’s rough with this economy,” Burch said. “This should help a little bit.”