Veterans receive employment assistance at job fair

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The unemployment rate for veterans in Indiana is significantly higher than for people who haven't served in the military.  But some Hoosier heroes will be given a chance to get back to work today.

The "Operation: Hire A Hoosier Vet" job fair will give veterans the help they need.

Nearly 200 employers are looking to hire, running the gamut from grocery chains to shipping companies.

This will be the seventh job fair of this type held in Indianapolis. Last year, some 500 veterans attended. For many of these vets, this is about making the transition from a military-wartime job to the civilian world.

But for vets like 34-year-old Eric Woolsey, no transition is necessary. He was a biomedical engineer in the Army and, in addition to his job experience, he has life experience.

"I feel that my military experience has helped," Woolsley said. "Being an NCO in the military has definitely given me the leadership qualities that I think employers are looking for in an employee today."

Woolsey just completed a program at the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, or HVAF. he says he's ready to work! Vets are being asked to pre-register for the fair.

The job fair starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Fairgrounds Agriculture and Horticulture building.