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Vets hope to find new careers at "Hiring Our Heroes" Job Fair


LATHAM, N.Y. -  More than 70 companies are at the National Guard Headquarters on Wednesday to help Capital Region veterans and current members of the National Guard and Reserves get some much needed job assistance.

It's called the "Hiring our Heroes Job Fair", connecting employers looking to hire new talented and skilled service members and veterans.

Governor Cuomo recently said the New York State is committed to finding good paying civilian jobs for those who've served our country.  During Wednesday's job fair, companies proved that commitment, as hundreds of active and retired service members were expected to pass through the doors hoping to find work. One of those service members include a Sergeant retired 10 years, who says sitting around is just not the way of a military member.

Andre McClenos of Watervliet, a Retired Army Master Sargent says, "Once a soldier always a soldier. Looking for ways of improving yourself and the quality of life for other people and working around other people is something I'm just used to doing."

"Hiring Our Heroes" job fairs were started by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation back in 2011.

Since then, about 1,200 companies have hired roughly 20,000 vets and spouses in the 600 or so job fairs the foundation has put on all over the country.

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