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Veteran eagerly awaits Huntsville hiring symposium

Sean Chapman says more hiring events for veterans will make a huge difference. (Source: WAFF) Sean Chapman says more hiring events for veterans will make a huge difference. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If you served this country and you are in need of a job, there is help out there.

Tuesday, the American Freedom Foundation is holding a hiring event to help Huntsville area veterans find work.

More than 50 companies will be at the Von Braun Center to take resumes and talk with applicants.

There are certainly a lot of folks in this community who are struggling to make it in a country they fought to protect. One vet said more events like the one Tuesday will make a big difference.

Sean Chapman said he came back to civilian life in 2006, and it took him approximately 1.5 years to find a job. That job didn't last.

Like many in his position, Chapman said returning comes with its share of challenges; finding steady work being one of them.

"I've been trying to find something that I can actually make a living on and support myself, take care of my child, pay my bills and not just live at the poverty line," Chapman said.

The two-day "Warriors to the Workforce" event is intended to help people like Chapman do just that.

Ted Hacker, president and co-founder of event organizer American Freedom Foundation said the companies attending the symposium range from defense contractors to realtors. The participating companies will all accept resumes at the event and speak with applicants about available jobs.

There will also be workshops to help veterans with skills such as networking, resume writing and interview technique.

Chapman speaks for many veterans when he said it can do nothing but help their efforts. He plans to attend and hopes his determination will pay off.

"We'll give you 150 percent, 200 percent, we will go above and beyond," he said. "Just let us have a chance."

"Warriors to the Workforce" runs Tuesday and Wednesday at the VBC Ballroom #5. Admission is free and is open to all veterans and transitioning service members. Spouses must have a symposium badge to enter the event and exhibition hall.

For more information, visit the American Freedom Foundation Facebook page.

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