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Unemployment is a challenge for veterans in Tennessee


With Veterans Day just around the corner, Dollywood held a special ceremony to honor those who have served our country.

A small crowd gathered at the park to pay tribute to veterans. An honor guard as well as military members of all ages and ranks participated in the ceremony.

Anyone was welcome to attend the event before the park opened at 2 p.m.

Tennessee Department of Veterans commissioner Many-Bears Grinder attended the ceremony and honored Dollywood for its continued support of veterans with a certificate.

Veterans in Tennessee face several challenges in returning to civilian life and state officials are working hard to make sure they're equipped to succeed.

Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder told WBIR that many veterans in our state are coming home and having trouble finding employment.

She says one of the steps the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs is taking to curb the issue is helping veterans find work through the Jobs4TN website.

Both employers and job seekers can register on the website. Veterans will get priority over other users. The site matches up resume qualifications with skills that meet employers' needs. Along with the site, the department works closely with the Department of Labor through Veterans Outreach programs. These programs bring in employers who will hire veterans.

Sometimes a lack of higher education can keep veterans from getting a job, but heading back to school isn't the easiest.

"Going back into a campus setting can be very confusing, intimidating or plain uncomfortable," Grinder said.

With the Department's help, veterans can be connected with mentors to help them graduate and secure a job.

Many veterans face difficulty with health care and are not aware of benefits they may be entitled to receive.

Commissioner Grinder says some veterans have difficulty asking for assistance, but she encourages all veterans to turn to them for any help they might need.

If you are a veteran and in need of assistance you can find more information on the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs website.


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