CREATED Jun. 29, 2013
NAPLES, Fla. - "I was a young leader, I had to learn to grasp a topic quickly, execute it efficiently," Retired Army Specialist Michael Hertzman said.
His resume seems pretty impressive. But not so much in the civilian world.
"There's no certifications, there is no licenses, there are no things on top of things, papers on top of papers, all I have is a DD214, my discharge paperwork, I served for a few years," Hertzman said.
But the good new is, things are changing. According to the US Department of Labor, the veteran unemployment rate dropped to 7.3% in May. That's down almost two percent from April and almost five percent from May 2012.
"I think we are realizing we are seeing more and more of our veterans come home and the companies are realizing this and opening their arms to the veterans," Jessica Tucker, Hodges University's Veterans Services Representative, said.
Hodge's University opened its arms to veterans today at its second annual veterans job fair for active duty military and post 9-11 veterans.
"Veterans really appreciate this because it's an outreach to us, more specifically than everybody," Hertzman said.
Local companies lined up to meet potential new employees, like Retired Air Force Senior Airman Kelly Spencer.
"When I first got out, I got a job quickly, but nothing like a career, which is what I am looking for," Spencer said.
Hopefully that will be easier, thanks to Hodges University.
"These people have given their lives and put their lives on hold for us to be able to give back... it's a great welcome home," Tucker said.