Veterans, spouses seek jobs at career fair

Roughly 350 veterans and military spouses hunted for jobs inside the Charlotte Motor Speedway Tower Thursday, as 47 employers took part in the Recruit Military and Disabled American Veterans' All-Veterans Career Fair.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Roughly 350 veterans and military spouses hunted for jobs inside the Charlotte Motor Speedway Tower Thursday, as 47 employers took part in the Recruit Military and Disabled American Veterans' All-Veterans Career Fair.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the North Carolina Veteran Unemployment is down to 3.1 percent, less than half of what it was in 2013. However, underemployment is still a large problem, DAV Spokesman Jeffrey Hall said.

"And so those individuals that are in a job that does not keep pace with inflation... doesn't provide overall opportunity for their family," Hall said. "They're looking."

Sheena Romasko is a military spouse. Although her husband is working, it isn't enough to provide for the family's needs.

Romasko appreciates the employers here being understanding the large gaps in her work history.

"It is tough because a lot of people see the gap in your resume and they have a lot of questions about it," Romasko said. "It's not easy finding a career path when you're a military spouse. Your husband's line of work comes first and you do everything you can to keep your family stable, so hopefully I can find something here."

The organizers of the Veteran Career Fair believe the results speak for themselves.

"Around 25 percent of people that are coming through here are getting second interviews, or offers from the event which is great." said Robert Walker, Organizer. "Their dedication, their drive, leadership... all those things make veterans great employees."

Attendees were encouraged to follow up leads within 24 hours with every company that interested them.

To learn more about DAV, visit dav.org.

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