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State officials continue effort to help veterans find jobs

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Jobseekers attend a "Hiring our Heroes" job fair aimed at out-of-work military veterans in Ashburn
Jobseekers attend a "Hiring our Heroes" job fair aimed at out-of-work military veterans in Ashburn

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - State officials are promising a new effort to help veterans find jobs, and get education and health care benefits.

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch led a delegation of state leaders in appearances Monday in Green Bay, Wausau, and La Crosse.

Kleefisch said the effort would focus on connecting eligible veterans to existing benefits – and especially helping vets find jobs.

Veterans’ Affairs Secretary John Scocos said Wisconsin has over 12,000 unemployed service personnel. And state Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said the jobless rate for veterans is around 10-15 percent, well above the state’s overall unemployment rate of just under 7 percent.

Newson said his agency would hold 15 job fairs which target veterans, and four meetings to connect employers with those who’ve served. 

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