"Hiring our Heroes" Job Fair

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

May 10, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT

Allen County, IN (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Thursday the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce made strides in the effort to find work for unemployed veterans by hosting the first ever "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair.

The event was geared towards the specific needs and skill sets of current and former members of the military, including Guard and Reserve members and military spouses.

More than 70 employers set up booths inside the Coliseum, and more than 200 service men and women came with resumes in hand.

Agencies dedicated to helping veterans build resumes that translate their unique skill sets into characteristics civilian employers are looking for were also there.

Kurt Briner, an Air National Guard Veteran, says while the military does a good job supporting veterans as they transition into civilian jobs, there are still obstacles to overcome.

"The translation of skills becomes a little more complicated dealing with the specialties military service men and women develop through their career," says Briner. "Translating that into a civilian resume or applicable skills to the civilian workforce can be challenging."

An estimated 25% of Hoosier veterans are looking for work, and in November, President Obama signed into law a measure that provides tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed veterans.

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