Soldier Field Hosts Job Fair For Veterans

Steve Miller
October 11, 2018 - 4:10 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A few hundred military veterans spent part of Thursday at a Soldier Field job fair.

An ex-Army officer from Joliet who has seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan was among the vets looking for a new job.

"Combat was easier,” said the veteran, who asked to remain anonymous.

He said he's looking for a company that not only says it's military friendly -- but really is.

"Coming out of the Army, I have all this experience. People have different head-hunting firms and they tell you how valuable you are and some of the intangibles that veterans inherently have the companies are looking for. But then that's not what you see in reality."

Another veteran, Andrew Fogg, has a job but says he feels "under-utilized." So, he's looking around.

"It feels impossible. I felt ten years behind. I'm competing with 22-year-olds and I'm 31, but then you come to these hiring events, and it's OK,” Fogg said. “It's like, 'We have onboarding for a reason. We have training for a reason.’ And you've just got to embrace it."

Andrew Fogg /WBBM Newsradio