Wounded Soldiers Seek Work At Career Fair

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Wounded soldiers at Fort Riley explored job opportunities Wednesday at the Hiring Heroes Career Fair.

Hiring Heroes is an outreach program that provides job search assistance to wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as transitioning soldiers, veterans and their spouses.

"For many of them this is the first time they’ve actually had to look for a job," said Project Manager Sylvia Parker. "They joined the military maybe out of high school. They’ve never put together a resume. They’ve never had an interview. They’ve never had to network, and they didn’t expect to get medically retired. They expected to be in the military until they retired, so it’s a big transition."

This is the seventh year the career fair has been at Fort Riley. More than 80 employers interested in hiring wounded warriors were on hand.

Last year over 60 job offers were made.