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.