Showcasing Jobs For Veterans

Operation Confidence brought out over 100 vendors to help address high veteran unemployment.

When Lynette Jones returned from serving in Iraq, she, like most veterans, struggled to find work. But Saturday was about making things a little easier for those who fight for our country.

Veterans were honored and aided in Los Angeles during Operation Confidence, a job fair and veterans’ resource event that brought out more than 100 companies looking to hire.

Veteran unemployment reached 12.1 percent in October, compared to 9 percent for the U.S. overall, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

“So, I'm looking at this sign: jobs,” said Matthew Wheeler of Cyberlink LLC. “That is a good word.”

That word was spread Saturday, with jobs opportunities ranging from sales to community service were showcased for L.A. veterans.

“There’re resources here, this is what you want to see,” said Charles Whitehead, veteran. “This is what you want to be at.”

A Tribute to Our Disabled Veterans will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St.

The event follows the Joining Forces Initiative, created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, which encourages support of veterans and military families through community service.

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