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When you leave the military, the biggest question is "what's next?" It's a scary job market right now, but the skills you've received in the military make you highly marketable. The Legion sponsors dozens of veterans hiring fairs each year, and our employment experts also provide tips to writing resumes, networking and making a strong impression in the interview process.

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DHS plans job event at national convention

DHS plans job event at national convention
A Customs and Border Protection canine team inspects vehicles entering this year’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol photo

Last year, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano assured The American Legion that hiring veterans was among her agency's top priorities. "We anticipate many openings for border patrol agents," she said. "Young veterans would be perfect for that job."

True to her words, the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is now actively recruiting veterans returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Accordingly, CBP is conducting a dedicated hiring event during The American Legion's 92nd Annual National Convention in Milwaukee. Interested veterans are invited to meet with CBP recruiters on Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center's Crystal Ballroom. Applicants must bring government-issued identification, such as a driver's license or passport, and a copy of their DD-214 military discharge papers.

The border patrol hiring event is part of a four-day veterans' employment promotion by The American Legion. Many potential employers will be at a day-long veterans job fair on Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Milwaukee Theater's Plankinton Hall. A two-day small business development workshop will follow in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center's Wright Ballrooms on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1st, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All sessions are free of charge.

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