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Good stuff from the US Chamber of Commerce.  Written by Sean Hackbarth there, I’m just going to repost the whole thing:

Marine Corporal Megan Morse served in Iraq, was injured, and returned home looking for work. She is one of more than 2,600 veterans and military spouses who have found jobs through the Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes initiative.

This Saturday, Kevin Schmiegel, the Chamber's vice president of Veterans Affairs and a 20-year Marine veteran, is bringing a Hiring Our Heroes jobs fair to his hometown of Toms River, NJ. He talked to the Asbury Park Press:

Veterans make “perfect employees,” Schmiegel said. With leadership qualities, they are well-qualified with advanced technical skills.

“They are reliable,” he said. “They are problem solvers.”

Returning soldiers can easily take jobs in the private sectors as machinists and mechanics. Veterans, who can gravitate towards challenging jobs, can handle work in the energy and railroad sectors as well.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines to teach them technical skills,” Schmiegel said. “There are veterans that have skillsets that are directly transferable and we need to make employers aware of that.”

As this story from Free Enterprise magazine shows, a challenge is getting veterans and employers on the same page about what valuable skills veterans have:

When Navy Captain Steve Vincent brought a group of corporate leaders aboard the U.S.S. Alabama to help them better understand how the crew’s skills could translate to the civilian workplace, he did not expect to find the perfect example sitting quietly off to the side.

Sitting beside a stack of papers punching away on his calculator, a chief petty officer was working out the food load for the next patrol. Vincent turned to his corporate delegation and asked, “Do any of you value inventory management and logistics planning?”

The answer was a resounding yes. But Vincent said that if you asked the chief petty officer his role, he would say “cook.” According to Vincent, “Military people tend to articulate their skill set in terms of their job title. However, they can do all kinds of other things. So that petty officer? He’s a logistician.”

The fair is part of the Chamber's 100 city nationwide tour to promote the hiring of veterans and their spouses. Make sure you're following Hiring our Heroes on Facebook.

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If you’re a vet and you’re job hunting this may be a good program to try to hook up with. 

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