Veteran job fair looking to hire our heroes

(WEAU) - "It’s been very tough around Eau Claire to find a job, specifically in IT,” said Rudy Draeger, U.S Army veteran.

Rudy Draeger isn't the only veteran trying to find a job these days.

Experts say more and more veterans are finding themselves unemployed.

"It’s been really a good job fair as far as prospects. It’s really tough to find jobs out there and with the concentrated amount of employers here it’s really easy to connect with employers," said Rudy.

Some veterans have been lucky to return and find a job, like Richard Baier who served 22 years in the National Guard and did three tours of Iraq.

But now he too is on the job search again.

"I'm looking for part-time work, and it looks like there's a lot of job opportunities here and it seems like their really recognizing the soldiers as having some real skills," said Richard Baier, National Guard veteran.

Veterans of all ages attended the job fair and vendors we’re extremely supportive toward helping them find a job.

"My uncle just retired from 35 years in the service, he was a Lieutenant Corporal so it’s just nice to get in here and help the people who do so much for us," said Rachael Swoboda of Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda.

"It gives you chills even for us old hearted marines, I get chills thinking about what we can do for our veterans," said Dennis Beattie, a Marine Corps veteran.

Even State Representative Kathleen Bernier made her way to the fair to show her support.

"I was really impressed with the turnout today, I think we have a lot of wonderful veterans here, looking for jobs and I think that we'll be able to help them," said Republican State Representative Kathleen Bernier of the 68th District.

Employers say they'll continue to hire local veterans.

"We like to hire veterans just because of all the service they do for the country," said Rachael.

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  • by Alton on Mar 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    they should be. they served their county and they deserve to have a job
  • by Terry Location: Ohio on Mar 28, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    If you're a blind vet and/or need to use a screen reader, the "virtual job fair" is off limits - you are NOT welcome to participate! It's 100% Flash-based.
  • by Hero Location: Eau Claire on Mar 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
    Being in the military doesn't automatically qualify one as a "hero." Politicians are responsible for the overuse of this term in pandering to their constituency. Sure, military personnel should be praised for doing their jobs, just like anyone else who hacks it day in and day out. It doesn't make us all heroes.
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