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    :: Saturday, November 12, 2005 ::

    Support troops by hiring them - North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - Opinion
    One national effort to connect veterans with trade careers has been under way since 2002. Called Helmets to Hardhats, this nonprofit organization allows veterans to enter the construction and building industry using skills obtained while serving our country.

    It receives funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and operates as an online link between veterans and employers at www.helmetstohardhats.org.

    Helmets to Hardhats has referred more than 26,000 transitioning vets into career opportunities as carpenters, electricians, equipment operators and in many other construction trade specialties during the last three years. But the job of matching jobs to vets is far from done. And with the rapid pace of Northern California's construction economy, the opportunity to get that job done is a big one.

    Trade union training programs, such as the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California, are doing their best to help returning vets bridge the gap between military and civilian job skills.
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