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Connecting area veterans with employers

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Thousands of area veterans continue struggling to find a job.

33 year-old Eric Miller was in the army for 10 years and has been through unemployment three times in the past four years. Eric says, "Going through unemployment is one of the most difficult things I have ever done. It's hard when you know that you can work. You don't really have the skills that the people are looking for. You're just trying to find anything."

He says he began trying to find a job while he was deployed. "While I was over in Iraq I was trying to do applications. And it didn't really work too well. And then once I got here, I got in to the veterans program here and trying to find a job. And just putting as many applications out as I could."

Eric says he went to the military straight out of high school. "A lot of them were wanting somebody with college, and I didn't really have college. I went in to the military right out of high school. So that was one kind of hard part was not having that college degree." Eric now has plans go to college and get an engineering degree.

The Texas Veterans Commission is holding a Veterans-only Job Fair this Wednesday with about 50 employers currently hiring. It'll be from 9:00 a.m. To Noon at the American Legion Post 54 located at 617 SW 77th in Amarillo.

This is a statewide effort to connect veterans with companies as hundreds of jobs are available right now in the panhandle.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.