When former active duty military members return home from serving their country, many seek employment in the private sector. However, some have found getting full-time work to be easier said that done.

In an effort to combat this issue, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently hosted an event in Detroit from June 26-28, where 24,000 open positions will be available. The Veteran Hiring Fair at the Cobo Center is free for both employees and veterans, thanks to funding from a VA program.

Some major brands, including Service Express, Target, Hertz Corporation and Prudential Financial, will be sending representatives to find those with the right skills. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erik Shinseki said that the returning service members brought a lot to the table.

"Veterans bring many leadership qualities to the workplace. Many also have the high-tech skills needed to excel in these cutting-edge, technical environments," said Shinseki. "Employers are offering thousands of jobs in Michigan and across the country. I strongly encourage veterans to go to our website, speak with a coach and apply for these jobs now."

Other brands have introduced similar programs in recent months. The Walmart Foundation announced that it had donated $1 million to Operation: Good Jobs, in order to help veterans in the following cities: Tacoma, Washington; Austin and Houston, Texas.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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