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Hiring Our Heroes: Let's Help our Vets Get Back to Work

5:14 PM, Mar 23, 2012   |    comments
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Hundreds of US military veterans line up to review their resumes with coaches prior to speaking with recruiters and hiring managers from public and private sector companies about job opportunities during a Veteran Career Fair and Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2012. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- National unemployment is 8.3% but the rate for post 9/11 veterans is even higher: 13.1%.

To help combat that high unemployment rate NBC has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to launch an initiative called "Hiring Our Heroes."  So far the program is credited with helping 8,400 veterans find work, according to NBC.

See also: March 29 Job Fair at Everbank Field

First Coast News is also taking part.  We've put together job listings that may be suited for our area veterans looking for work.

We've out to our viewers and social media audience asking for help to help put a face on the problem.

SLIDESHOW: Hiring Our Heroes Phone Bank

If you're a jobless veteran or spouse and are willing to share your story, please email us

On Friday, March 23, we're hosting a phone bank to help put employers, veterans and their spouses in touch with one another.  Veterans and their spouses, along with employers, will be able to call in Friday between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. and then again from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. We'll also devote the 5:30 newscast to reporting on our veterans and the job market.

First Coast News wishes to thank the following organizations that will be manning the phone banks:

For more information we also encourage you to read and watch NBC News Anchor Ann Curry's story.

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