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Conference in Evansville helps businesses learn how to hire veterans

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The Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center hosted a conference for local employers looking to hire veterans on Thursday.

There are growing concern these days that soldiers returning home from war will struggle to reintegrate into the job market. But it seems there are many Tri-State businesses who are willing to hire veterans over the next few years and they just need to understand how to do that.

Thursday's conference was organized by Ron Hagy of Old National Bank. Hagy says the point of the conference was to show businesses what resources are out there to find veterans struggling to find work and how to properly translate a veteran's resume into everyday work experience terminology.

Hagy also says all-too-often veterans get passed up in the job market, because their experience in the armed forces can't be fully understood by every-day employers and since many troops are beginning to return to the states from places like Iraq and Afghanistan, Hagy says educational conferences are key to the future of our veterans.

"What's so important to all people is that they have a meaningful contribution," says Hagy. "That provides, not only income, but a sense of fulfillment, a sense of dignity, a sense of pride, and it's something we all want."

He says this is the first time he has organized a conference like this in Evansville and he hopes to have more of them both in Evansville and other communities in the future.

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