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City program helping veterans find jobs

PHOENIX — Arizona is home to more than 500,000 veterans and many are struggling to find jobs.

That’s why Phoenix City Council members are being asked to get behind the H.E.R.O. (Hire Educate Recruit Organize) Initiative, a program designed to help veterans and their spouses with career guidance.

Mayor Greg Stanton unveiled the initiative last year and last December the city held its first job fair for veterans. It attracted 25 employers.

Now, with city staff support and federal funding, the plan is to hold more fairs and provide more services.

There’s often a disconnect between veterans and employers who may not understand how military skills can benefit the workplace. The H.E.R.O. Initiative can help translate military jargon and make introductions between job seekers and employers looking to hire veterans.