They are typically well trained, highly educated and disciplined.
They're also often unemployed after giving years of service to protect our country.
This is where Hiring Our Heroes tries to serve our jobless veterans by hosting hundreds of job fairs since 2011.
Hiring Our Heroes Memphis Job Fair June 20
"I want to have a stable job doing calibration, the same thing I was doing in the Army," said Army Spc. Asher Tayas.
Some of these vets only recently wrapped up their last tour of duty, others were finished months ago, but found gainful employment to be out of reach.
"The job market is what it is today, I can't be mad about it, just get out there hustle and make it happen," said Johnathan Hollis, a Naval operations specialist.
Forty (40) employers including FedEx, Mitsubishi, and Enterprise are looking to hire some veterans on the spot. They're looking for vets from every military branch including their spouses.
"I lost my current job," said Erin Greer, an Army spouse. "It's just a little hard getting jobs nowadays, so it's a good way to get one. My husband is a vet so take advantage of what you have."
Hiring Our Heroes is working with the Salvation Army's Kroc Center to serve several hundred vets in the Mid-South.
"Sometimes doing onsite interviews here and helping people with resume skills put together the qualifications," said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Dan Vowell. "It's been a fairly easy morning."
So far, this national organization has helped more than 18,000 vets at 400 employment fairs across the nation find a job.
"We know the issue of unemployment among vets is a very significant one," said Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Rich. "If we should be giving an opportunity for people to find jobs to anyone it should be to our vets."
A stipulation of the job fairs, all employers must have open positions and be ready to offer qualified vets a job on the spot.
"You got to go out and try," Hollis said. "Don't sit around and just expect it to fall into your lap. You got to go out and grind for it."
Even so, sometimes a job fair designed just for those who have stood strong for us, is our way to salute a hero.
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