'Helmets to Hardhats' helps Ill. vets find jobs

September 5, 2010 3:50:45 PM PDT
Governor Quinn touting a program over the Labor Day weekend that helps servicemen and women find jobs when they return to civilian life.The governor was joined by veterans and labor leaders in Grant Park as he spoke about the Helmets to Hardhats Program, which helps veterans learn the skills they need to find jobs in construction.

The head of the program says it puts the skills and training taxpayers have already paid for to work.

"We have the best equipped military force in the world, the most technologically advanced, and yet when they return, they can't find gainful career opportunities. That's what Helmets to Hardhats is for," said Mike Yauger of Teamsters Local 786.

Currently, there are more than 157,000 Helmets to Hardhats candidates registered. They can access listings for more than 80,000 jobs.


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