Job fair held for Brooklyn veterans

Dozens of Brooklyn veterans came to Borough Hall today for a jobs and services fair, aimed at helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS - Dozens of Brooklyn veterans came to Borough Hall today for a jobs and services fair, aimed at helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find jobs and obtain other resources to help them adjust to civilian life.

Representatives from companies such as Blackrock and Bloomingdale's were on hand to review resumes and talk job opportunities. In addition to careers, other resources could be found as well, such as legal services from the Veteran Advocacy Project and free home repair. Medical information was also available for vets, including assistance for substance abuse from Samaritan Village and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder help from Cornell Medical College and a newly formed PTSD hotline.

Unemployment for returning vets is nearly 12 percent, higher than the national rate of 9.7 percent.

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