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Reintegrating the soldiers


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- As hundreds of service men and women have returned home in the last year...many are without jobs and finding one can be tough without the proper education.

To fight this problem a group of military veterans and volunteers is reaching out to put returning troops in jobs appropriate for their skills.

Many of those fighting for our country joined the forces right out of high school so they don't have the education that many of their competitors will have when they go apply for jobs.

So past veterans and volunteers help the soldiers through re-integration fairs.

Gary Rodgers helps run a program that assists veterans with any psychological issues they may come home with. Rodgers says, "Way back when the Vietnam veterans came home there wasn't anything for them, so a lot of them fell through the cracks. So I know that these are meant to pick up a lot of problems that would otherwise go unserved."

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon hosted Saturday's event offering resources for employment, education and health care as well as family issues.

Ron Jarvi Jr. of Minnesota National Guard Deployment Cycle Support says, "We're trying to make sure that we transition them effectively by offering up resume building skills, interview building skills to make sure that they are successful when they do go look for unemployment because that's going to be one of their next steps when they do come home."

Saturday was the 30 day re-integration event for one unit of Red Bulls that came back from Iraq and Kuwait. This is the first step in their re-integration process. They do a 30, 60 and 90 day, as well as a year check point.

The process was developed with the intent to get troops back on track and transition successfully into the civilian workforce and at home with their families.

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