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Hiring Our Heroes hopes to find jobs for Kentucky veterans

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Larry Franklin Larry Franklin
Donna Riddick Donna Riddick

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Finding a job in this tough economy is hard enough for those familiar with the market, but imagining trying to find a job with only a military background? That's where Hiring Our Heroes steps in.

Thursday afternoon, they held a job fair in Louisville for our veterans who need work.

Millions of service men and women are expected to look for civilian jobs in the next few years, but even with job fairs like Hiring Our Heroes, it's a daunting task.

"I've been doing military since I was 17. It's all I've really known my adult life," explains Larry Franklin who is one of the many current and former military members checking out what companies at the fair had to offer.

Franklin spent seven years as a gunner, with three tours of duty before getting injured in Afghanistan. Not wanting to give up his military career he transitioned into recruiting for the last four years but now has to medically retire in May. "I was definitely nervous coming not knowing what to expect. First time I've ever had to write a resume. That was a challenge in its own."

Franklin is not the only one at the fair in that position.

"I'm looking for a few good men and women." Employers like Donna Riddick with Banker Life and Casualty are eager to get them on board. "We've found through the years our veterans are the best employees we can get."

They are comforting words for Franklin, who is hopefully something will come from speaking with employers like Riddick. Not only because he needs a job for himself, but also to support his one year old child at home. 

Hiring Our Heroes is sponsored by Toyota, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and NBC News.

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