Ohio job fair offers help for vets who are ex-cons

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Officials in the Dayton area plan a job fair catering to military veterans -- including those who have felony convictions.

The event on Wednesday in Dayton is being sponsored jointly by the Montgomery County Office of Ex-Offender Re-entry and the Dayton-Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Mike Ward, former coordinator of the county re-entry program and founder of a program that helps people addicted to opiates, tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1eaQgLq ) that local employers are looking for qualified workers, even those with criminal convictions.

Officials say convincing some employers to be open to those with felony convictions can be a struggle, but giving ex-cons a chance to be productive will ultimately strengthen public safety.

Ward tells veterans who have served time not to make excuses and don't give up.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com