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Jobs Programs Helps Members of the Military

LAS VEGAS -- As an Air Force pilot for the last 20 years, Lt. Colonel James McElhenney has always had a plan before flying into battle. But as he looks to leave the military, a new mission is proving tough to navigate.

"It's a tough market out there. A lot of people are out there looking for jobs and there's not a whole lot of jobs to be had," he said.

He's not alone. As more and more military members look to trade in the battlefield for the boardroom, a tough job market has many veterans unemployed.

"A lot of these guys four, five, six or even 20 years haven't had to look for a job," he said.

Finding that job is the goal of a three-day class offered at Nellis Air Force Base.

Rex Miller is in charge of the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. Miller says veterans miss out on jobs because they don't know how to market their military experience back into civilian life.

"They have a lot to offer an employer. They're job search, with what they bring to the table for an employer, should help them do as well, or better than the folks they're competing with for a job," he said.

The course gives military members leads on job searches, resume training, counseling, and how to look for new careers.

"It looks like it's going to be a challenge, but they provide a lot of good resources here to help you build your resume, help your learn how to do a job search, that you haven't had to do in the last 20 years," said McElhenney.

Nellis officials say they are encouraging airmen to begin their job search 12 to 24 months before leaving the military.