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Veterans Get a Little Help Finding Jobs in Transportation

Veterans Get a Little Help Finding Jobs in Transportation

Feds launch job-finding portal for unemployed veterans

June 23rd, 2012 by James R. Hood of ConsumerAffairs in News

Two federal agencies are trying to get moving to help veterans find jobs in the transportation industry.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki today unveiled a new job-finding portal for military veterans on their departments' Websites.

"Our transportation industry needs pilots, controllers, mechanics and drivers -- the very kinds of skills that our military is known for developing," said LaHood. "This new Web link will help repay the debt we owe our veterans for their service to our country."Â 

"Veterans have the skills, knowledge and attributes that American businesses need to help rebuild an economy that will last," said Secretary Shinseki. "These men and women bring exceptional leadership to any position. They are uniquely qualified for jobs as pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, commercial drivers and emergency medical technicians because many of them have performed these roles in combat."

The portal on the DOT and VA Websites will link to the Veterans Transportation Career Center, where former members of the armed forces can enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to jobs in the civilian working world.

The site will guide vet to jobs in five categories: aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their background, and search for available jobs in their field.