DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - They're still on the march only this time armed with resumes.
Most are now in a different kind of uniform from the one they wore serving their country, but their mission is just as important and just as challenging.
"It's a little scary," says Air Force Veteran Kristopher Owen. "I don't have a secure job. I'll have to find one. See if somebody wants me."
Owen is one of hundreds of veterans who found themselves in a sometimes unfamiliar formation inside a Dayton Marriott Ballroom Tuesday, lined-up to meet potential employers.
"Hopefully the skills are there, the job is there and you can bring a lot to the table because they know you're reliable," Kristopher says.
But the battle for Kristopher and the many other vets looking for work is how do you describe bravery on a resume?
"It's difficult for them to try to translate what they did in uniform," says Transition Coordinator Bob Labadie.
That's where events like the one Tuesday put on by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in cities across the country come in.
They're job fairs for veterans and their spouses with a twist.
The more than 60 companies there have to pledge that they plan to hire people.
"We ask employers to give them a chance," Labadie says. "Find opportunities to train them, validate them and move them on in your organization because their real value will come in time."
That's why companies like Third Millennium Materials in Dayton, which plans to add about 15 workers over the next few years, wants a few good men and women.
"We're looking for innovative people who can understand chemistry, have an interest in engineering, and are interested in helping us build a business from the ground up," says David Miller with Third Millennium.
The company says its material will be the plastics of the future and it needs its workforce to be just as strong.
"They show up for work, they follow directions, they're trainable, and they have leadership skills which can't be taught anywhere else in any other industry," Labadie says.
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