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Event encourages hiring military members

CORALVILLE (KWWL) -- Each year over 200,000 service members complete their military obligation and are ready to transition into the civilian workforce. For some, this transition creates challeneges, especially during tough economic times.

Wednesday in Coralville, around 80 employers tuned out for "Operation: Military to Civilian Transition". The day-long event was designed to inform business owners the value of hiring veterans in their organization.

"We're showing some of these employers today, hey this person, man or woman, who's just transitioned out of the military has had more leadership experience at the age of 23 than most people that are already in that organization," said Jason Kerr, who organized the event.

Kerr says 35,000 military service members are currently in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City Corridor area and many of them are looking for work

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