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Federal grant means more job training for Ga. veterans

10:14 AM, Jul 27, 2012   |    comments
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A U.S. military veteran registers to meet potential employers at a job fair for former military personel on the campus of Rutgers University on March 13, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- There's good news today for Georgia veterans and National Guard troops collecting unemployment and trying to get back into the civilian workplace.

It's more specialized career training to help them make the difficult transition from military life.

Targeted as one of four states with the largest veteran populations, Georgia is now getting a $750,000 grant from the Labor Department to help vets get jobs.

The money will be targeted to helping troops before they leave active duty and enhancing current programs at Georgia Labor Department Career Centers.

The focus will be on resume writing, interviewing and networking, says the Army, and will end with specialized job fairs to get the veterans back to work.

"I think it is necessary. A lot of Guardsmen may not know how to write a resume or may not know how to go on an interview because they may be used to military life for a majority of their career. Knowing how to transfer that over actually helps," says 2Lt. Jasmine Griggs of the Georgia National Guard.

Go to "Links in the News" on the 11Alive home page for a special Help Desk Resource Page that has numerous websites for training and specialized jobs for veterans.

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