Posted at: 10/16/2013 12:51 PM
By: WNYT News
LATHAM- Hundreds of veterans are walking into the NY National Guard Headquarters in Latham Wednesday hoping to walk out and right into a job soon after. Many veterans say its been a while since they had a job, they say that they are desperate at this point after searching for work for months, some of them for more than a year.
They say that there seems to be nothing out there and economists say that the job market is even tougher for veterans, especially those who are in their 20’s who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan.
They’re facing 20% plus unemployment while the national unemployment rate stands at 7.3%.
That’s why the organization Hiring our Heroes launched a nation-wide job fair for veterans back in 2011. So far they’ve held more than 600 fairs like this one and helped thousands of veterans get a job.
But its been tough, NewsChannel 13 talked to one veteran who recently came home from Afghanistan. He says that it’s been rough on him.
“I did think it would be easier as a veteran at first when I came so, but I was proven wrong so, it’s a little more difficult than I thought” says Veteran Raymond Sauter.
“So this is really about, not just about today’s fair, but it’s really about a career lesson about how they can go out and market themselves and brand themselves for long-term, happy careers” says Eric Eversole of Hiring our Heroes.
There are more than 65 employers inside the job fair, all of them from local companies like GE.
They all say that hey have job openings and are hoping to match those jobs with veterans who walk in here today. And they say that veterans who come home after serving their country honorably should not have to worry about taking care of their family here in the states.