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Hiring Our Heroes: How can Vets find a job?

2:44 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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  • Hundreds of job applicants attend the DeSoto County Job Fair at Landers Center, in Southaven, Miss.(Photo: Stan Carroll, AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The First Coast is home to many military members, past and present. 

But, when veterans come home from battle and no longer have a job, what happens next?

Matt Tuohy, is a retired Navy captain who works with Incepture, a local staffing company. He said Jacksonville's veteran unemployment rate is around 10 percent.

"In a perfect world, there would be no veterans' unemployment," Tuohy said. " If anybody's earned a job and earned the right to move on, it's them."

Moving on into the civilian world can be difficult according to Tuohy.

"They've acquired skills that in many cases," he said. "They don't know how to articulate to potential employers."

A squad leader in the military with duties including leading troops and caring for them, is considered lower to middle management in many companies, according to Tuohy. 

First For You, if you're a vet, how do you get that job right now?

Tuohy said:

1) Focus and decide what you want to do.

2) Figure out how to get there. For example -- buy a suit and get a resume together.

3) Use online tools to find jobs you want to go for.

"Then, go for it," he said, emphatically. "You've got to take bold action. You can't be bashful."

The First Coast Jobs section of our website details job listings and resources.

The City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs and Veterans Services site has detailed information on veteran job resources.

The website,, can link you to thousands of other veterans including a host of job resources.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a host of information and resources for veterans.

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