How You Can Pay Veterans Back With a Job

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A 'Hiring Our Heroes' job fair was held April 17 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The fair is one in a series of events to asssist military veterans and spouses to obtain employment or upgrade their current job situation. Photo by Lt. Col Hank McIntire

A 'Hiring Our Heroes' job fair was held April 17 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The fair is one in a series of events to asssist military veterans and spouses to obtain employment or upgrade their current job situation. Photo by Lt. Col Hank McIntire

By Ellen McGirt

Switching industries can be hard for anyone, but for post 9/11 veterans returning to the workforce after deployment, it can be particularly tough.

Reintegration has many challenges, from reconnecting with family to relating to people who do not understand military life or deployment, says A.J. Marsden, a former U.S. Army surgical nurse and current assistant professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College.

“A veteran may have never had to apply or interview for a civilian job before,” she says. “For others, constant worry or concern may interfere with their daily tasks, the pace of the work may be too intense, or the lack of a chain of command may cause a difficult reintegration.”

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