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Hiring Our Heroes job fair held in Lake Charles

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The Hiring our Heroes job fair was held Tuesday morning at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

It was a career fair for veterans, active duty military members, Guard, Reserve members and their spouses.

Organizers said sometimes, the transition between serving in the military and entering the regular work force presents challenges.

Cody Zimmer is in the Louisiana National Guard. He was deployed once to Iraq and will be deployed somewhere again in June.

"I think it's a good thing. We have a lot of veterans coming home from overseas. The last thing they need is the stress of not having a job. For a group of companies to come together and get these veterans hired, get them working again, get them back in the civilian world is a real good thing. Because that's the hardest thing to come back from overseas and integrating back into civilian world," he said.

Ernie Lombardi is with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which sponsors the event along with the Southwest Alliance locally.

"They have issues with trying to explain what it is they did in the military and how they can relate those same skills to what a civilian employer may be looking for. So, our mission on this is to help employers understand that these veterans have tremendous skill sets. They have specific skills designed for the jobs they are hiring for," he said.

Lombardi encourages employers to hire veterans. He said they are mission-oriented and have work ethics beyond belief.

Veterans and employers can find out more about Hiring Our Heroes by clicking HERE.

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