Wichita Seeks Returning Veterans For Aviation Jobs

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Veterans who are leaving the service are looking for good jobs, and the aviation companies in Wichita have good jobs in need of ready workers. So this week union leaders and company executives jointly launched the "Hire A Hero" project to entice those vets to come to Wichita and start a training program. "We believe that this program that we are launching ... is truly the answer to many of the problems we seek to resolve," Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, told The Associated Press. More than 225,000 military personnel leave active duty every year, and unemployment among them is twice as high as the general population, according to hiring consultant Dan Caulfield. "They are going to be trainable, drug-free and eager to take the jobs you are offering," Caulfield told the Wichita group. Hire a Hero is a nationwide program managed by the Armed Forces Support Foundation.