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American Legion holds Veterans Job Fair
Vets helping vets was the goal of a veterans job fair at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.
More than 60 potential employers set up booths, with applications at the ready.
Nationwide in 2013, the most recent stats available, 6.6 percent of veterans were unemployed. That goes up to about 9 percent for vets who served after 9/11.
Matthew Faust, a four-year Navy veteran with a college degree, said he's been looking for a job, for a while.
"But they tell you constantly in the military, 'when you get out, people love veterans,' but it's been a two year search for me. I've even tried the federal realm, and it's really hard to find a decent gig," he said.
Ever hopeful, he said, "But these people here, they act like they want to hire. So hopefully something will work out for me."
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs has employment opportunities here.