Push to get veterans jobs is working

Published: May. 26, 2017 at 11:41 AM CDT
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In the last several years, there's been a push to make sure our veterans have what they need to be successful after they leave the service.

That's especially important as our country has more and more men and women returning to civilian life after the military. There are a lot of groups and companies are trying to find ways to employ veterans.

Walmart announced Friday that it has hired more than 2,500 veterans in Kansas since it began it's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013. Nationwide it's hired more than 170,000 veterans.

In Kansas, the Workforce Alliance is one group trying to help veterans find work. Since April they've helped 65 veterans in Kansas find jobs.

Angie Duntz believes this push is helping veterans.

"There's a lot of employers that would specifically like to hire veterans, and I do think that the push is working. With us having a dedicated team, we work with a lot of employers that are willing and wanting to hire veterans," said Angie Duntz, Communications Manager for Workforce Alliance in Wichita.

Like the overall job market, employers are seeing a skills gap with veterans. That's one reason why Workforce helps get vets into training programs to shrink that gap.

There are two events this summer to help veterans find jobs.

On July 10, there's a veterans job fair at the VA hospital in Wichita. On Sept. 7, there is a Get Hired! Job Fair at Intrust Bank Arena. The first two hours will be open exclusively for vets and their spouses.