Job fair targets military veterans

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A job fair aimed at military veterans draws hundreds to Richmond International Raceway Thursday afternoon, including Nilda Davis.

After serving her country for more than 14 years Davis, a Navy veteran, is now searching for employment.

"I've been looking for work for about a year. The process has been difficult and rewarding at times," said Davis.

Nearly 30 companies, looking for a few good employees, took part. The event was exclusive to military veterans and organized by a group called Recruit Military.

"They are valuable and there are tons of companies that want to hire and bring them on board," said Recruit Military director, Robert Walker.

Organizers say it's not easy for soldiers returning home to find a good job. The unemployment rate for military veterans is 13.1% -- higher than the national jobless rate which is 9.2%.

Army veteran, Addison Lewis, says he's applied for jobs just about everywhere within the past 13 months. He's hoping to hit the jackpot -- today.

Addison Lewis: "Unemployment doesn't pay the bills -- so I though I'd come out here to see what I can find. Maybe I'll get a job at Channel 12."
Nicole Bell: "Maybe, what do you do?"
Addison Lewis: "Most anything."

Selling soldiers by highlighting their discipline and leadership skills -- a tactic Recruit Military says will likely land some veterans a good job.

The job fair was the first of its kind held in our area by Recruit Military. The organization says it plans on coming back again, next year.

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