Atlanta Job Fair spotlights "Hiring our Heroes"

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ATLANTA---With 44,000 Georgia troops currently out of work, that's an unemployment rate nearing 11%, job fairs and the Internet hold the key to getting our Heroes back into the workplace.

On the front lines are "Hiring our Heroes" job fairs.

At the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, SunTrust opened its doors to host close to 100 military candidates for 50 openings.

"We owe something to these servicemen and women. For their dedication, for what they have given to our Country, they need to be rewarded," said Bill Rogers, Chairman and Chief Executive of SunTrust Bank.

But going from the military to a civilian job can be a tough road.

Army veteran Eric Willis served three combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan and holds 3 Bronze Stars for bravery.

"This is probably about the fifth job fair I have attended in the last few months," Willis said.

"I've made many applications online and sometimes I get a response back and sometimes it goes into oblivion. It's very difficult to make that transition. It's been a tough road," he added.

And Willis isn't alone.

"It's a serious concern because you have to worry about what skill set you own and what the employer wants for you and then you have to translate over from the military side to the civilian side," said Joshua Harvey, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Joining SunTrust in committing to solve that transition are companies like Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and Atlanta based Home Depot and Aarons--all adding thousands of jobs for veterans and insuring that military skills can be fully utilized.




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