Job fair connects veterans with employers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)-- They've served our country and now, they're looking for jobs.

Tuesday, a special event in Eau Claire called “Hiring our Heroes" matched veterans with companies looking to hire.

Michael Goss retired from the military after serving 22 years in the navy.

"I’ve been around the world, did 6 deployments,” said Goss.

After retiring from the Navy as a Chief Gunners Mate he moved to Lake Holcombe with his wife. Goss says while he's found part time work he's here at the hiring our heroes job fair looking for something more permanent.

"Something to keep me busy," said Goss.

According to the U.S Labor Department, 9 percent of our nation's military heroes are looking for work.

"We want to make sure that once they get out of the service the transition to civilian life is as easy as possible,” said Brian Peterson with Job Service Wisconsin.

Peterson says job fairs like the “Hiring our Heroes” are a way to connect veterans with employers looking to hire.

“Employers themselves like the event because in the veterans you have that sense of honor and dignity and so they already have a very strong worth ethic,” said Peterson.

Dozens of companies set up shop at the National Guard Armory in Eau Claire hiring for jobs in the service industry, accounting and manufacturing.

Stuart Wulteraens with Rockwell Automation says his company is looking for a handful of new employees.

"We look at to the veteran population for leadership,” said Wulteraens.

The Wisconsin Job Center expects around 40 percent of veterans who walk through the event to shake hands on a new job.

Goss says he hopes to be one of them. "For them to come and get us when they know our work ethic is amazing," said Goss.

The event was organized by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Job Service Wisconsin and the Office of Veterans Services.