Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
Dakota Meyer at Quantico to make pitch for veterans’ jobs
Veterans need to better understand how the skills they learned in the military can translate into a civilian job, the Medal of Honor recipient said Monday at a Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at The Clubs at Quantico. Meyer, a former Marine sergeant from Kentucky who received the military’s highest honor last September from President Obama for valor under fire in Afghanistan, told a reporter, “If I can use my platform to make a difference for all these people, that’s what I want to do. If it was up to me, I would go back to my secluded home in Kentucky and nobody would know who Dakota Meyer is.” About 400 veterans and their spouses were expected to attend the fair, which has linked veterans to about 500 employers to date, and over 10,000 jobs nationwide. Hiring Our Heroes has teamed up with Toyota and Meyer, announcing an initiative Monday to help vets create “personal branding” to help them relate their skills to employers. View video of Myers’ medal presentation here.
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