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Hundreds Attend "Hire Our Heroes" Job Fair

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thursday, hundreds of veterans took a step in transitioning their careers. The U.S. Chamber and veteran organization RecruitMilitary teamed up for a "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair at LP Field.

Veterans are experts at navigating some of the most dangerous situations under intense pressure.

"I actually volunteered. I did a six month to Afghanistan," U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sabrina Campbell said. "(And) a year deployment to Iraq."

Their newest mission has many military veterans in unfamiliar territory.

"Probably high school I … (applied) for a McDonalds job, but that's the only time I've applied for one," Campbell said.

After nearly twelve years in the Air Force, Campbell is just days into civilian life

"I was dealing a lot with scheduling, taking care of air crews, training (and) making the flight schedule up for the next day," Campbell said about her duties while in the military.

Now she's hoping to translate that experience into a new career; a process she says makes her nervous. The "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair helps make the transition a little easier.

"When we first started doing this in 1999 employers didn't really understand the value military veterans bring as it pertains to their organization," John Lundberg, Director of Events for RecruitMilitary, said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found in December 2012 there was a seven percent unemployment rate for veterans, lower than the national average. With time and a national initiative encouraging businesses to hire veterans, many say things are getting better.

U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Wallace Mosby says service members make valuable employees because they've demonstrated an ability to make sacrifices. "Those are all things employers look for," Mosby said. "People that are willing to go above and beyond in some cases and get the job done at all costs."

They voluntarily laid it all on the line, now all they want is a chance and an opportunity in return.

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