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2nd Annual Veterans On Wall Street Job Fair Is Today

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -¬†Those who have had trouble making the transition from military to civilian life are getting a little help on Wall Street today, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

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The second annual Veterans On Wall Street job fair is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deutsche Bank at 60 Wall Street.

Over 100 employers were expected and while not all of the jobs are on Wall Street, the event itself is just for veterans and military spouses.

The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 12 percent.

For those 24 and younger, it’s 29 percent.

The reason is simple, reported Haskell. Many of them enlisted right out of high school.

“They leave the military, and it’s the first time they’re entering the workplace,” said Retired Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Schmiegel, who runs Hiring our Heroes. “The program is a nationwide campaign to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in hundreds of communities across America.”

LINK: Details On Job Fair And Hiring Our Heroes

“Veterans are hard working. They’re extremely reliable. They’re great team players,” he added.

He also said that have skill sets to fit all kinds of jobs, but admitted that there is a stigma.

“There are issues with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injured,” he told Haskell, adding that those things shouldn’t keep veterans from being effective.

Do you know of any other opportunities for veterans? Please share them in the comments section below.