Jobs for veterans just in time for Memorial Day

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ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Getting work after serving our country isn't always easy. The Tennessee Department of Labor ranks high after hosting 13 job fairs last October where 4000 vets got work with 92 area companies.

Now more good news. Jobs are waiting for vets just in time for Memorial Day.

Barry Floyd is a retired hospital corpsman chief petty officer, the navy's version of a combat medic. Barry Floyd says, "We have so many young service members looking for jobs."

And starting this weekend, one company Wal-Mart promises to make it easier to get work. Starting Memorial Day, they're pledging to hire any vet who received an honorable discharge within the last year. Alcoa Wal-Mart GM Boyce Smith says, "They're excellent workers. They can take direction and follow direction, so it works well for us."

Walmart has set aside 20 million dollars through the year 2015 to train and transition service members into civilian life. Keith was in the air force and now stocks frozen foods. Dan Campbell, an army vet, now waters plants in the greenhouse.

Smith says, "They're trained. They may have training in logistics so they may work in a warehouse, or they may have training as a truck driver."

Floyd says, "I'm going to go over on Monday and look over it deeper and apply for a job also."

And as long as interested vets meet the interview criteria, they're hired.

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