New Carroll Co. business helps connect vets with jobs

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McKENZIE, Tenn. — A new business in Carroll County places veterans and their families in civilian jobs. Veterans Placement Services started several years ago but recently opened an office in McKenzie. “Some have a hard time adjusting. Some don’t. Just depends,” Dustin Wilbanks, a veteran, said. Wilbanks did tours in Iraq and Kuwait and said he has been looking for a job since graduating from Tennessee College of Applied Technology in December. “I didn’t really think it would be that hard, but it was,” he said. “It was bad.” Veterans Placement Services found Wilbanks work. He started Wednesday, just five days after coming in. “It’s awesome,” Wilbanks said. “Been looking for a while, and they really came through for me.” Veterans Placement Services Regional Vice President Tracy Vinson said veterans have skills employers want. “They show up,” she said. “They’re on time. They’re loyal. They have duty. They have respect. They’re going to finish the job.” The company said they already have placed people in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. “We have had 10 great veterans and military personnel go permanent with employers just this year only,” Vinson said. Wilbanks said he has friends who plan to contact the company. “They’ve helped me out, and anybody that helps a veteran is good with me,” he said. Vinson said their services are free for veterans and military personnel. The McKenzie office plans to host a grand opening at 1 p.m. Friday at 2356 Cedar Street.

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