In an effort to help Nebraska veterans and their spouses find jobs, Gov. Dave Heineman has announced two upcoming Hiring Our Heroes job fairs in Lincoln and Omaha.
The first fair will be held Feb. 19 at the DC Centre in Omaha, followed by the Lincoln fair on April 1 at the Lancaster Event Center. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"There are approximately 4,600 Army and Air National Guardsmen and women in Nebraska and thousands more Nebraskans serve in the U.S. Reserves and active military," said Heineman. "The enthusiasm surrounding and the support of Hiring Our Heroes shows that the courage and sacrifice demonstrated by these brave men and women is appreciated."
Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac of the Nebraska National Guard says veterans have skills that employers desire, such as leadership and the ability to work under pressure.
"Our Nebraska National Guard members and military veterans often bring an incredible array of experience and training that make them an ideal candidate for employers," said Bohac. "Perhaps the most important of these is discipline and maturity, particularly when compared to non-military peers of the same age."
Cathy Lang, Commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Labor, says the department can help with resume writing and help veterans look for jobs with their skill set.
The ten previous fairs throughout the state, including those in Grand Island and Holdrege, have served about 1,300 veterans and 300 employers.