LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A job fair strictly for U.S. veterans and their spouses was held Tuesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Veterans are a large group of people in the job market who are often overlooked.
“People always ask, ‘How do you thank a veteran?’ Well, hire them,” said Sgt. Dakota Meyer.
Medal of Honor recipient and Kentucky native Dakota Meyer knows the difficulties U.S. vets have getting jobs out of the military.
Currently, one million vets are looking for jobs in the U.S. like Zachary Scoskie who is a Marine and served from 2004 - 2011. He served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan where he received a Purple Heart. But, he has been having trouble finding work in the civilian world for the past year.
“I thought it was going to be easier than it is,” said Scoskie. “When I got out [of the military] the whole economy thing was picking back up.”
In 2010, the unemployment rate for vets was 13 percent. It is now just below 10 percent. But over the next five years another one million vets will be leaving the military, according the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and many of the vets will be looking for jobs.
“There is a huge sea of good will out there,” said Ross Cohen with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a U.S. veteran. “But because only 1 percent of Americans served in Iraq and Afghanistan,it is hard for the rest of the country to know the great skills and talents that the veteran community has.”