Soldiers learn tips to a sucessful transition at Military Workforce Summit

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Military members getting back to civilian life are getting some help from the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Stepping out of the military and back into civilian life can be a challenge.

"I think we become so ingrained in being told what to do. I think it's hard to search out something and learn something new," explained Sgt. Jesse Byars, who transitioned out of the military about a month ago, and now works as a manager at

"Being a soldier instead of a civilian, I've been in the service for almost 20 years now so the challenges are getting a job, furthering my education," said Staff Sgt. Travis Sapp.

That's why the Kansas Department of Commerce teamed up with the Kansas Military Installations and the Junction City Chamber of Commerce to help our nation's heroes get back on their feet.

"It's putting together supply with demand, letting them know that they are wanted, they are welcomed here, that we embrace them and so do potential employers," said Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce Antonio Soave.

The Military Workforce Summit allowed transitioning soldiers to meet and network with business owners and potential employers.

"Whether that's in education, whether that's working for a business, hopefully we'll find some opportunities here in Kansas for our soldiers from the Big Red One to transition and be in this great state," said Fort Riley Gen. Patrick Frank.

A panel of experts and breakout sessions gave soldiers the confidence to realize the skills they have.

"A built in value system, loyalty, dedication, honesty, dignity, honor, all of those components are highly valued by employers across the state," said Soave.

And utilize those to earn the jobs they want.

"The Search for Life program I went to helps you work on resumes or do interview training different networking skills," said Sapp.

"I think it's in every soldier to really achieve greatness. They're companies who want to hire veterans and believe it or not we want to work for them," said Byars.

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