By: Jayne Ann Bugda
Posted: Feb 22, 2018 08:04 PM EST
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 08:04 PM EST

Source: http://www.pahomepage.com/news/vets-to-the-front-line/987438185

CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A new business in Clinton County is looking to staff its facility.And veterans are getting first dibs. Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore has more.

One after one people filed into a room with resumes in hand waiting for a chance at a new beginning. The first medical marijuana grower and processor in Clinton County – Terrapin Care Station  is preparing for distribution. But first managers are looking for the right people to staff its plant.

“We have job opportunities throughout the facility. Production employees, harvest employees, logistical employees” said Chris Woods, CEO Terrapin.

These job seekers at the VFW in Lock Haven are hoping they are chosen for the role.

Terrapin care station is just one of 12 businesses licensed to grow and process marijuana in pennsylvania and they are committed to hiring veterans.

They’ve partnered up with Vetforce, a new security firm in Clinton County mainly operated by veterans to hire a staff, 30-percent of whom will be veterans.  In the coming weeks. Former service men and women who’ve struggled to get a job here at home are glad for the opportunity.

“I’ve had run ins with a couple jobs where they think youre going to have an attitude or mental issues because youre a veteran ” said William White, who was applying for a job.

“Some employers have left them behind after they’ve served their company. And we see in lock haven, that there is a larger unemployment rate among veterans” said Woods

Leaders at Terrapin say that they’ve worked to highlight the medicinal value of marijuana especially for veterans who struggle with opioid abuse at PTSD. While medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania, the VA still does not allow the prescription of, or payments for, marijuana. Army Veteran Wayne Litz was recently hired as a plant trimmer at Terrapin. He says the company’s commitment to veterans will help a lot of service men and women have an easier transition when they get home.

“I wanted to be a part of something that is beneficial to every body. ” noted Wayne Litz, Terrapin Employee.

For all Pennsylvania hiring interests, please send resumes to pajobs@terrapincarestation.com