WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The transition from military to civilian life is hard enough, especially if a veteran has a difficult time finding a job. For that, Cape Fear Community College hosted a career and resource expo specifically aimed at our men and women who served the country.
The Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association and the New Hanover Employment Service Career Center put on the event to help lower the veteran unemployment rate. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics says 6.2% of veterans in North Carolina did not have jobs in 2013.
Veterans like Keith Alamar say companies should be willing and able to change.
“The opportunity is really on the employers side because people in the military bring so much experience and so much dedication to their culture and I’m just glad that employers are realizing that,” Alamar said.
Veteran Quincee Harrison says not every employer sees that.
“So some applications I fill out. I don’t put on there that I’m a veteran and some I do just to see the reaction and I get more calls back from people who aren’t looking for veterans than who are,” Harrison said.
Shannon Carlson with the Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association agrees with Alamar.
“I think veterans are the top people you want to hire. They’re skilled. They have great training and they’re very dedicated employees,” Carlson said.