Veterans Are Looking For Jobs

A veteran is shown at the Military Officers Association of America's biannual job fair in Washington, Photo Credit: Chris Maddalon

Today we are all thinking about veterans and their service to our country. But now, we are learning that veterans are experiencing the same financial crisis that many Americans face.

Veterans are heroes--and there are services out there to help.

One study says that 30 percent of male veterans from 18 to 24, are unemployed. Today, at the Tulsa veteran's parade, there were veterans of all ages but there is something many of them have in common, they need a job.

Sharon White spent 37 years in the Army, active duty. She's now retired and volunteering with students but she wants a job.

"I have not gotten out there a whole lot, but I am ready now," she said.

There is help, at the VFW, where people gathered before the parade. And there was help in the faces along the parade route---a counselor from Workforce Oklahoma.

"Not many people know that there are people that are specifically designed just to help veterans find jobs. We also help you get in contact with people who can help you file benefit claims. And we also help you get in education programs," said Kelli Johnson, who works with disabled vets.

The City of Tulsa looks for veterans to hire--to serve our citizens.

"They are committed they are great people. They have got great training and made a commitment to their country and many times putting lives in jeopardy what more commitment can you have," asked Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

The mayor says the city is working with the state--to allow military training to cross over to civilian certifications.

The parade says thank you, and that's nice but still so many are waiting on a paycheck.

Experts say one of the problems is that vets don't ask for the help they need. Veterans also should know that many business areas are pro-veteran hiring right now. They are very much in demand.