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Local Companies Look to Hire Veterans

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Veterans flooded the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus to attend one of the thirteen statewide Paychecks for Patriots job fairs on Thursday.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development teamed up with local companies to put military veterans to work.

Curtis Walker, a veteran, drove from Bolivar to Jackson hoping to find a job. He served in the United States Marine Corps.

“Trying to find a job,” Curtis Walker said, a veteran. “Got tired of being retired.”

The state and 25 different companies hosted the fair.

“Many times they will have done a job that was in the military and they don't know how to make that transition to the civilian world,” Mark Chandler said, with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“We thought it was a tremendous opportunity to be able to recruit some of the skill and talent that we'd like to have have in our workforce,” Craig Butler said, Head of Human Resources for FirstBank.

Butler said FirstBank has about six positions to fill.

“We see these individuals coming on board as very potential candidates,” Butler said.

Walker started looking for work about a year ago. He is hopeful after attending Thursday’s event.

“I'm very excited,” said Walker.

The governor Bill Haslam signed a proclamation announcing October 17 as Paychecks for Patriots Day.