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OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2022) – CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a “Paychecks for Patriots” job fair on Thursday, Nov. 10 as part of a statewide effort to connect Florida veterans with employment opportunities.

During Paychecks for Patriots, CareerSource CLM will help match veterans and their families as well as active service members with employers who value the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed during military service.

The free job fair takes place from 10–11:30 a.m. at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Ocala. Veterans, active service members, and military families get priority access to the hiring event starting at 10 a.m. with open access to all job seekers beginning at 10:30 a.m. To register, go to

“CareerSource CLM is honored to serve those who have served our country,” said Henry Ayala, local veteran employment representative for CareerSource CLM. “Veterans and our military families bring dedication, a special set of skills, and diversity to Florida’s workforce.”

Ayala, U.S. Army retired sergeant first class, noted that Paychecks for Patriots bridges the gap between veterans who are seeking jobs and a wide range of businesses dedicated to helping veterans and their families find meaningful employment. 

CareerSource CLM’s Paychecks for Patriots, along with similar hiring events held throughout the month in other CareerSource Florida regions, is presented in partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida National Guard, and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The local job fair is also supported by Inverness-based Bivouac Veteran’s News and the Marion County Public Library System.

Since its start, more than 8,000 veteran candidates and military family members have gained employment in Florida from connections made at these events.

“We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Paychecks for Patriots with an outstanding variety of employers who are eager, and proud, to hire our heroes,” Ayala said.

To date, the following businesses plan to participate at the CareerSource CLM job fair: AutoZone Auto Parts, AutoZone Distribution Center, Chewy, Chick-fil-A Ocala, City of Ocala, Coke Florida, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, E-One/REVGroup, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Marion County Board of County Commissioners, Marion County Public Schools, Mission BBQ, Mojo’s Bar and Grill and World Equestrian Center.

Those unable to attend Paychecks for Patriots may apply for open positions online at [] A special employment portal of information and resource links for Florida veterans is also available at

Ayala noted that veterans and eligible spouses receive Priority of Service throughout the year at all CareerSource CLM career centers in Ocala, Lecanto and Chiefland. Fee-free services are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include staff assistance, resources, and other employment services.

 For more information about Paychecks for Patriots or CareerSource CLM’s year-round Veterans Services, call 800-434-JOBS (5627), ext. 2225. 


CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a member of CareerSource Florida and a proud partner of the American Job Center network. CareerSource CLM is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies as part of awards totaling $8.2 million (revised annually). CareerSource CLM is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. For accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or e-mail [email protected]. Please make request at least three business days in advance. Stay up-to-date by following CSCLM on Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.

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