PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - The Associated General Contractors of Missouri hosted an event in Perryville to encourage the construction industry to get involved in veteran affairs in their community.
The event to promote Contractors at the Wall was held at Robinson Construction from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. They announced a partnership between the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, the Wake Foundation and Three Rivers College.
Governor Mike Parson attended the event and addressed the attendees. NFL Hall of Famer Jackie Smith, the official spokesman for Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial, was also at the event.
The initiative was held to urge the construction industry to invest resources in the Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville and to help connect veterans with job opportunities in the construction industry.
According to Len Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO and chairman of the Missouri Workforce Development Board, the new program is designed to help fill the critical shortage of construction workers in southeast Missouri while also providing training and jobs for veterans.
“Unemployment among veterans has more than doubled since September of 2019, with an average length of unemployment of 23.8 weeks,” said Toenjes. “At the same time, 80 percent of Missouri contractors are struggling to fill positions, and we have immediate construction jobs to fill. This program is a win/win for everyone.”
Following lunch, the veterans and guests toured the nearby memorial, a life-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the program, or to apply, contact Jackson Bostic, AGCMO district representative, Southeast Missouri, at 573-429, 5278 or JLbostic@agcmo.org.