Hiring Heroes campaign helps veterans find jobs
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CONCORD -- Hundreds of people filed into the Charlotte Motor Speedway dressed to impress with resumes in hand. They were there for the Hiring Our Heroes Campaign. It's a national effort for veterans, reserve members and their spouses.
"They are actually trying to fit positions for us, so I am really impressed," said Patsy Withers.
Withers has a construction management background. She said unlike many job fairs she's attended, this one shows promise.
The Hiring Our Heroes Campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.
Since launching in March of last year, the Hiring Our Heroes Campaign has hosted more than 160 job fairs nationwide, putting more than 9,000 veterans and military spouses back to work.
"I think it's a really, really good thing of what they are doing to help us because veterans, we need it," said job seeker Quiana Jackson. "A lot of people shy away from us because they are thinking we are going to move in like two or three years."
The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans in North Carolina is 8.2 percent. That's lower than the state's overall unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.