Posted: Jan 23, 2012 9:58 AM by AP
FORT POLK, La. (AP) - Fort Polk is holding a job fair this week for soldiers who are or will be moving from military to civilian life - and their spouses.
It's 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the England Airpark Army Processing Facility in Alexandria.
Deborah Randolph, president of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, says 91 employers from around the state and region have signed up. All have openings.
She says organizers expect more than 500 veterans and their spouses from Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base and other locations.
Randolph says the United States Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local chambers in all 50 states to sponsor hiring soldiers leaving the military because veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely than the general population to be unemployed.