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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The workforce of Columbia just got bigger.

"Helping veterans with employment is our duty. They have served us so we are more than excited to serve them," said USC Human Resources representativeApril Ruff.

Fatigues, resumes and firm handshakes were as far as the eye could see at Ft. Jackson's "Hiring Our Heroes" event. Over 85 employers set up shop to talk with hundreds of veterans and their family members.

"We bring our employers and job seekers together so that our job seekers can find meaningful employment," said Carolyn Andrews who helped organize the event.

Employers were looking for a variety of applicants.

"These are not just entry level jobs that they're offering here. They're actually offering senior level management jobs, that's a plus," said Karl Bouie who will be retiring from the US Air Force in about a month.

Ruff says applicants with a military background are solid candidates.

"One thing that the military actually adds to applicants is that foundation of public speaking and also the employability skills, the job readiness, they're ready to work,"Ruff said.

And for these job seekers, they're liking how employers are willing to work with them transitioning into a different work sector.

"From what I see here the employers have a hand on the idea of a military job description and a civilian job description so they're pulling the two together," Bouie said.

And for event organizers, this is just another way of giving back to those who have given everything.

"It's a debt that we owe. They protect our way of life," Andrews said. "These are the people who lay it on the line to make sure we get that accomplished."

Hiring Our Heroes is a national event that's sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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