PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Retired Army Veteran Regina Rembert said her nonprofit work these days isn't about recognition, but her mission of promoting and finding jobs for veterans as they leave the military.
“When you're in the military, you're part of a family. You're part of a team. So once you're released from that, it's sort of like you're on your own. You kind of don't know what to do. So it's important for us to rally around each other,” said Rembert.
Two years ago, she started the nonprofit BuyVet, an organization that highlights the significance of veteran-owned business.
BuyVet sponsored the first annual Vet Ohio Expo, welcoming dozens of veteran-owned companies from central Ohio and beyond, who are looking to hire fellow veterans.
Many shared their stories for success and advice for those searching for a new career.
“First, create your support system, people that you can tap into that can kind of help you through the process. No. 2, find a mentor, somebody that's doing exactly what it is that you desire to do. No. 3, which is critical, do a self assessment," said entrepreneur Renee Bobb.
Rembert hopes to make the Vet Ohio Expo an annual tradition.
On her BuyVet website she has listed veteran-owned businesses across Ohio and is working with a tech company to create a smartphone app.
“They can easily find a painter, if you're looking for a painter, or an electrician or a plumber. So you just put it in the app, and the ones in your area that you're looking for will come up,” says Rembert.
Rembert says this is her new mission, and she's proud to share her time and efforts with our nation's bravest across Ohio.
“Veterans need veterans because we kind of understand the culture, so it's very important,” says Rembert.
Rembert said next year's event will take place on Sept. 8.