Job fair offers vocations for veterans

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About 120 job seekers gathered to learn about openings from some 40 employers at a veterans job fair Thursday in Vancouver. Sponsored by Vancouver WorkSource and hosted by the Washington Army National Guard, the fair was one of dozens of similar events across the U.S. after a number of governors — including Washington’s — declared November Hire-a-Vet Month. An estimated 240,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are unemployed nationwide, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ October report. Congress on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at getting veterans back to work.

Photos by Steven Lane/The Columbian