It's not easy going from a war zone or even living on a military base back to civilian life, but there are services available to help make the switch easier. The problem is many veterans don't know the services exist.
This weekend, as part of a 'Welcome Home' event for military veterans, the VA Medical Center helped educate former service members about dealing with trauma, credit counseling and many other topics – including job training, by putting them in touch with potential employers. Clark James retired as an engineer from the Air Force in April, and hasn’t found a new gig yet.
"It’s kind of tough," he says. “I was under the impression – you know, not to boast – but thinking that I could come right out of the military and land right into a job. And the job market is a little tougher than I thought.”
James says he's optimistic though, and he says the jobs fair organized by the VA put him in touch with some potential employers.