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Help for local veterans to find jobs

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Two activities took place on the local job front on Thursday.  One was helping local veterans find jobs. The other was a company in Bullitt County looking to hire.

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer was in Louisville to help veterans like himself get back into the civilian workforce.  "I want to use the platform I have," Meyer told WDRB News. "I want to go out and help these veterans and help them get jobs and try to make a difference."

Meyer was at the job fair for veterans who are having a difficult time transferring from military life to find a job in the civilian world.

He is working for "Hiring for Heroes."  It is a program sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Toyota to help vets like Jeff Tidwell of Louisville, a Navy veteran.  "It is pretty challenging with all of the college graduates coming out into the workforce," says Tidwell. "For me, I am 35 years old so I am trying to get out there, but the job market is pretty challenging."

"Hiring our Heroes" teaches former service members the importance of what is called personal branding and how to successfully transfer their military skills to future civilian jobs.

"With the personal branding initiative, just like me being a sniper in the Marine Corps," explains Meyer. "There are not too many job openings for snipers, so with me they would advise me to where I could translate those skills to communication skills, accountability, and being prompt."

The latest numbers of the economy indicate it is improving for those looking for work but still has a long way to go.

Metro Louisville's latest unemployment rate is now at 7.8 percent, down from a peak of 10.6 percent in December of 2009.

Companies like Amazon-Zappos in Bullitt County say business is better from a year ago so they are currently hiring 800 temporary workers.

"These are temporary positions," says David Rock of Kelly Services, "they are full time so it is at least 40 hours and it is through this candidate pool that Amazon will hire full time.

Rock says those temporary jobs might be attractive to the recently furloughed GE Appliance Park workers.

The problem for veterans is that there are still not enough well paying jobs for them to support their families.

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