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GA Tech Savannah Helps Unemployed Veterans

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After serving our country, the next mission veterans face is finding a job. The Georgia Tech campus in Savannah is trying to make the hunt for employment easier. The program is called VET2 which stands for the veterans education, training, and transition program. The four week course helps local military heroes take what they learned on the battlefield and transfer it to the workplace.

After serving our country for 21 years Malvin Harris is getting back in the job seeking saddle. The military veteran is getting the chance to sell himself for potential job placements with local companies through the VET2 program.

"A lot of my skills are in military maintenance so I've done a lot of inspections, schematics, electrical works, and mechanical," said Harris.

The Military Program Director for Georgia Tech Professional Education, James Wilburn, said applying for a job can be a first for many veterans and it can be a struggle.

"The translation of the military skills to the civilian skill set and capturing that on the resume also the interview sometimes the way we present ourselves in the military can come off as a little more rigid," said Wilburn.

The unemployment odds aren't in their favor either.

"13.9 percent for our post 9/11 veterans compared to 8.1 percent for the civilian workforce. Huge disparity for placement," said Wilburn.

The VET2 program hopes it will not only connect veterans to jobs but that they will also be successful. Harris said hiring a veteran is also a great investment for a company. 

"You're on time, you know how to manage your time and personnel, you know how to take care of equipment and personnel," said Harris.

If you would like to learn more about VET2 click here: http://gtpe.gatech.edu/military-transition-program?utm_campaign=Military%20FY14&utm_source=Military%20Transition%20Program%20Savannah%20Website%20Postings&utm_medium=posting&inquirysource=Posting&inquirydetail=Military_FY14_Savannah%20Website%20Postings

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