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Delmarva Works To Hire More Vets

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For many people, just finding a job is a arduous task, but apparently, the process is even more difficult for recent military vets.

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers, about 10 percent of veterans who have served since 9/11 are unemployed, which is noticeably higher than the national 7.3 unemployment rate.

Ocean City Councilman Dennis Dare, a veteran himself, saw the study and wanted to help.

"I thought, maybe it's something ocean city can help with by giving preference to veterans that apply who are fully qualified for the job," says Dare.

Last week, the Ocean City council voted in favor of a new policy, which will give preference to veterans for city jobs.  The Ocean City Human Resource Director is now looking into develop a policy for the town.

Ocean city isn't the only place making a push to hire vets.  The new State's Attorney's office in Wicomico County is being built by Delmarva Veteran Builders.

"Something like this absolutely brings them in a higher light, and we did take the extra steps, I guess, took the initiative to hire a veteran owned company," says Joey Gilkerson with the G Plus Properties LLC, which owns the building.

Working inside, is Tom Lubeski is a Navy veteran, doing construction at the site.

"It's a quick thing to pick up on, easy to do, and definitely perfect for veterans," he says.

Dennis Dare believes "there's so many skill-sets that the town requires that the military teaches."

The City of Salisbury is also working on hiring more vets, with a program in which certified veteran-owned small businesses competing for contracts alongside other businesses, will get preference for the contract depending on certain qualifications.

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