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Company Helps Stateline Veterans Find Jobs

ROCKFORD -- It's one of the great mysteries of service: why do so many veterans have a hard time finding civilian jobs once they're discharged? Eyewitness News asked a veteran of hiring veterans for some answers.
ROCKFORD -- It's one of the great mysteries of service: why do so many veterans have a hard time finding civilian jobs once they're discharged? Eyewitness News asked a veteran of hiring veterans for some answers.


A report from the Council of Economic Advisors show post 9/11 vets have an unemployment rate of about 10%, far higher than the overall rate of 7.3%.

Anthony Stamper works for AT&T which actively recruits veterans.

"I think the challenge really is translating what they did in the military to civilian jobs.  They don't realize that there's a lot of compatibility there," said Stamper.

As a result, AT&T has created a website just for veterans. It includes what they call a job translator to help vets translate their military experience into a civilian job.

"For example, a radio man in the navy might translate to a RF engineer in our mobility sector.  But you wouldn't know that as a radio man,"Stamper said.

AT&T is using the website and other tools to recruit 10 thousand veterans over the next five years. He says vets offer skills their company needs.

"Inherent leadership skills, team building skills, diversity, the ability to work and execute under extreme pressure.  So those are skills any company can really take advantage of."

But AT&T cannot hire them all, so to other employers out there, "Give a vet a chance, you'll be surprised."

For a link to AT&T's hiring site, click here.







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