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COLUMN: New law creates better access to jobs listings, trainings for veterans

— Maybe some of you have heard of Dakota Meyer. At the age of 24, Dakota Meyer became the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the nation’s highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor. He has written a book that is due out in September, which highlights many struggles he encountered, as well as priorities he has made since he returned home from the war.

He is credited with braving enemy fire multiple times during a frantic effort to recover four missing members of his team. He eventually found them dead in a trench and worked with other troops to remove them from the valley where they were killed.

His story and his award has brought to light many issues that veterans face, especially when they return home from the front lines. He is working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes, to help draw attention to veterans who return home from serving their country, yet have trouble finding work. Unemployment is high among returning vets and some say it’s as high as 13 percent when the national average is about 8 percent. In an effort to change that, he has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes.

I was proud to co-sponsor legislation that was recently signed into law by the Governor to better assist veterans in finding work or developing job skills when they return from active duty. The Division of Veterans’ Affairs website will soon include an “employment portal” to direct users to appropriate federal and state governmental programs that assist veterans in finding work. Many skills learned in the military such as hard work, discipline, equipment training, machinery operating and dedication to service are attributes welcomed by any employer, however, additional training or help marketing skills may be necessary.

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