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Job fair helps struggling Kentucky veterans transition back into civilian workforce

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Active duty military and veterans attend job fair at Fort Knox Wednesday. Active duty military and veterans attend job fair at Fort Knox Wednesday.

FORT KNOX, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of Kentucky veterans are unemployed.

"It's really difficult, it is,” U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Terrence Douse said. “You know you're getting out and you're trying to figure out where you're going to get a job at.”

Staff Sergeant Douse is not alone. Many members of the military struggle to transition back into the civilian workforce and 5.6 percent of Kentucky's veterans are unemployed. The veteran unemployment rate for the entire United States was a lower 4.6 percent. That’s according to the 2016 State Economic Snapshots report from the Joint Economic Committee from Congress. The latest data is from October 2016.

At a CivilianJobs.com Job Fair at Fort Knox on Wednesday, employers came specifically to find qualified vets. A range of opportunity was available for those who have served – from law enforcement to healthcare to logistics.

"Basically we target anybody looking to hire veterans,” said Samantha Duncan, CivilianJobs.com’s Event Manager. 

"That's the hardest part, trying to figure out your next step,” Staff Sergeant Douse said. "It makes me happy or excited to know there are a lot of companies out there that will actually hire vets.”

However, that wasn't always the case. "Honestly 12 years ago when I left the military the first time, there was nothing like this,” said Staff Sergeant Douse.

The Army started the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program to help vets adjust back into civilian life. 

"We try to coach them through that so that they're prepared, and give them the tools, training and resources necessary to go out and find themselves a good new job,” said Aaron Hiler, of the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program.

There will be another job fair at Fort Knox in June of 2017. For more information on that event, click here.

Additional resources on employment for veterans can be found below:

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