Government, nonprofits, companies help veterans surmount employment hurdles

MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When Elexious Dasilva was discharged from the U.S. Army last November after serving for two years, she knew she needed to find a job with flexible hours to help her through college. The 22-year-old Johnston native sought help at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, a nonprofit that helps veterans find jobs and other resources. Through…

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