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Mar 28, 2012 7:16 PM

Local veterans looking for work

TUCSON - Veterans are struggling to find work once they leave the military.

The current unemployment rate for veterans is 12.1 percent, which is why the United States Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Hiring Our Heroes" Job fairs all over the country. The goal is to hire more than 500,000 veterans over the next two years.

In Tucson, Bryan Haver is doing his part. The Manager of Financial Services at Prudential Financial actively recruits veterans to join his team.

"Today's military is faced with coping with problems that don't have answers found in books. And in the sales industry sometimes it's the same scenario," said Haver.

Haver should know he's a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve with 21 years of service under his belt. He has been deployed to Afghanistan and Turkey.

Five of the 10 people working in his Tucson office are veterans, and Haver is thrilled to see so many others looking to hire our heroes.

"I want to get veterans employed, back in the work force. There's a lot of great initiatives out there that are making a difference," Haver said.

Marty McDonough is the latest military man to join Haver's team. McDonough retired from the Air Force in January. The Lt. Colonel served this country for nearly 23 years but he was afraid he might not find a job in the civilian world.

"Part of it is the economy - there just isn't that many jobs around," McDonough said.

But this father of three did find a job, thanks to his military training and thanks to Bryan Haver.

"To know there are people like Bryan out there who are looking for veterans that fit the right qualifications to get them hired into a good position, it's very comforting," said McDonough.

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