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Job Fair Held in Lansing for Veterans and Spouses

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The Michigan National Guard held a job fair for veterans and their spouses Thursday.

There are over 700,000 veterans in Michigan. That number is expected, according to the Senior Deputy Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Jason Allen. He says currently an average of 8,000-12,000 veterans are discharged a year. 

"Approximately one million men and women will be drawn down in the military with the restructuring occuring. That will mean thousands of men and women coming back to the state," said Allen.

Veterans like Gerald Robinson are looking for full-time work. The retired Navy vet, who served 20 years, says he's worked part-time jobs for too long.

"The first thing that's frustrating is transferring what the skills we learned in the military into civilian language," said Robinson.

It's something Allen says employers should see past. "They have a work ethic, they understand bureaucracy."

Governor Rick Snyder hopes declaring November "Hire a Veteran Month" will help.

 

"Michigan is still coming back, but it can go even farther and one of the important things is our veterans. The service they've given to our country. We want to recognize that," said Snyder.

65 companies participated and nearly 300 veterans attended the event. Organizers hope to expand the fair next year to accomodate the need.

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