By Rick Dayton

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The sight of military homecomings has warmed the hearts of millions of Americans. However, the idea of finding jobs when they get home is enough to scare even the toughest vets.

“You can kind of go at it full force, but if you are not comfortable with job fairs or interviews or things like that, it can be a little trickier so it’s definitely back to that preparation. You need to keep preparing,” veteran Cecelia Evans said.

Evans spent seven years as a Marine after graduating from Allegheny College.

“I learned that I can do more than I thought I did and the Marine Corps definitely instills that into you that there’s no mountain too high, no wall too big to climb over,” she said.

Evans is one of thousands of success stories of the Recruit Military Job Fairs.

“When you talk about the U.S. military being the world’s biggest corporation, so whether you need a driver or a cook — or a pilot of a lawyer — there is a veteran out there with that skill set,” Joe Bertagna, of Recruit Military Job Fairs, said.

Nearly 70 companies are expected Thursday at a big Recruit Military event at Heinz Field. But, it is more than jobs. Universities want to recruit future students too.

“Even franchise opportunities — because the same things that make veterans great employees make great business owners, so franchise owners are coming out to events with all different types of turnkey franchise opportunities because veterans are successful in that role as well,” Bertagna said.

Evans now works for Wesco in a job that utilizes many of the skills she learned in the Marine Corps.

“That was one of the things that drew me to Wesco and to this job specifically was how well my skills I learned in the military would align with what would be required in this job,” she said.

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