A surprising number of men and women who have served in the military are having trouble finding a job, but a statewide initiative is designed to change that.
The program called Paychecks for Patriots hosted a job fair Thursday at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.
"I'm a big believer of 'hire the talent and train the skill.' And what military members are asked to do and adapt to, it's a great mix of those skills and capabilities that any employer could want," said Bob Ravener, with Dollar General.
Massive job fairs like the one Thursday in Nashville were held at more than a dozen locations across the state.
"They have leadership skills that Fortune 500 companies go out and pay for their employees to get, and we teach that in the Tennessee National Guard," said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, with the Tennessee National Guard.
Government agencies and more than 150 employers have partnered with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs to give the veterans an edge.
"These men and women have served their country. They're the most deserving citizens that our state has. So for them to come back from their military service and find themselves unemployed is completely unacceptable," said Veterans Affairs Commissioner Minnie Bears-Grinder.
Though no job offers were made on the spot, it's a good start.
"I have an interview Tuesday, matter of fact. You fill the application out, you hand it to them, and they'll talk to you right on the spot," said job seeker James McDowell.
If you couldn't make it to a job fair Thursday, it's not too late. For more information on the Paychecks for Patriots program, visit: https://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/Patriots/Paychecks.shtml.
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