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"Hiring Our Heroes" creates opportunities for veterans and their spouses


Leadership, team work, hands on practical skills and problem solving are the types of qualities that most employers would love to see in their workers.

These are also the types of skills learned through military service.

On Tuesday, the job market and the military market met for a "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair.

More than 30 employers from Norfolk and Northeast Nebraska gathered at Norfolk's National Guard Armory in hopes of meeting their next dedicated employee.

Hiring Our Heroes is geared toward our nation's veterans, active military members, national guard members and their spouses.

Shawna Young travels for Hiring Our Heroes and helps to host each event. Norfolk's was the 300th overall. 

"They love that it's targeted towards them and that the employers are very excited and eager to hire Veterans. They've done a great deal for our country and we're just trying to give back the best we can," said Shawna Young.

Employers ranging from construction to factory, industry, railroad, drafting and others were all lined up to meet the candidates.

Dave Rangeloff of the Nebraska Department of Labor says as military members retire from active duty or return from a recent deployment, the demand for skills military members hold is high.

He says their transferable skills help make them a high quality candidate.

"For example, you may have a military member who drives equipment and a lot of these skills they learn in the military. Their driving skills or their maintenance and their recording of logs. They have some of these transferable skills that they could take for example to Arrow Stage Lines," said Rangeloff.

Employer Steve Sothan said, "The candidates that have come through have been outstanding. The numbers have been a little small, but the quality has been way high. There's a lot of good guys out there, a lot of good gals out there that are looking for work and they have the skill sets that all employers are looking for right now."

The Hiring Our Heroes event has been held in all 50 states and since it's inception in March of 2011 has helped more than 10,400 military members and veterans find work.

It is sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Foundation and the American Legion.

The organization is also part of "Hiring 500,000 Heroes", which is a national campaign to engage the business community to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

Another Hiring Our Heroes job fair is being planned in Yankton, South Dakota on Wednesday.

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