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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and state officials are announcing an effort to help military veterans find jobs in the civilian world by bringing employers and potential workers together.

The governor and South Carolina National Guard Maj. Gen. Les Eisner spoke about the initiative Wednesday at a joint appearance in Columbia.

It builds on a Guard program that began several years ago, when the organization brought its 16 percent unemployment rate among members down to less than 4 percent.

Many of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard's 11,000 men and women deployed in recent years to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Kuwait.

However, deployments among Guard and active duty military could become less frequent if Pentagon cutbacks announced this week are enacted.

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