Pittsburgh 1 of 50 American cities chosen for veterans job program

When Lynn Strezeski left the Army in 2009, employment agencies steered her toward assembly line jobs.

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By Bob Bauder

Strezeski, 35, of Natrona Heights said she appreciated the help, but she was over-qualified. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees and served as an intelligence analyst in the Army. She said the agencies stereotyped her: “People think that anyone coming out of the Army is young, male and undereducated,” she said. “That’s not who we are.”

Mayor Bill Peduto on Saturday outlined a city effort to help veterans find quality jobs and services that match their qualifications. Homefront Pittsburgh will work in collaboration with similar local initiatives to help veterans and their families find resources in Western Pennsylvania.

Last fall, local charities began a major effort to help veterans navigate the numerous agencies that help them and their families.The result will be a formal network of organizations sharing a central web-based case management system.

Peduto said the city will work closely with the coalition.

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