Older veterans struggle to find employment

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By Fatima Hussein

James Boggan, a 58-year-old Marine Corps veteran, says despite five months of joblessness his confidence is as high as ever.

“I have a lot to offer employers – I’m versatile, I’m disciplined and on time and I don’t look 58,” the Hartwell resident said, holding a small stack of pamphlets and job search documents at the American Legion convention job fair last month.

The job fair, focused on providing employment opportunities solely for veterans, was filled with a variety of mostly men of all ages and backgrounds. Some young, some old, others clean cut and others wandering in rumpled suits.

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