Annual employment fair for veterans canceled due to air quality

Sign outside of White City Department of Veterans Affairs building announcing the cancellation of the Southern Oregon Veterans Stand-Down and Employment Fair. (KTVL/Alexander Mesadieu)

A major employment fair for veterans was canceled.

The Southern Oregon Veterans Stand Down and Employment Fair, was scheduled to last from 10 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday. It was canceled due to poor air quality conditions.

The Southern Oregon Veterans Stand Down and Employment Fair, is an event where veterans can get in touch with different employers and programs that serve the veteran community.

The event would of had 70 vendors. It has been an annual event for 27 years. Before this year, the event has always has been on schedule.

"It's a service that's actually needed in the veterans community, it really is, we've been doing this for 27 years. Through no fault of anyone, the smoke index is a health hazard and we can't continue to hold this with this health hazard until it clears out," said Bob Huff, event coordinator.

The decision to cancel the event was made Monday.

Organizers say they're not sure if they'll reschedule the event.

"We're actually discussing that now and it all depends on the fires that continue to burn and the AQI index because of health hazards," said Huff.

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