Home from Iraq - and looking for work

Home from Iraq - and looking for work

EUGENE, Ore.--Members of the Oregon National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team are preparing to return home after a 10 month deployment in Iraq.

Many of those soldiers will start another mission once they return home--looking for a job.

The National Guard shared videos of some of those soldiers talking about their employment prospects.

"I love to know that I come home and I'm tired and I did a great job and got the work done," said Private First Class Stephanie Anderson, in one video.

Oregon's unemployment rate has improved since the soldiers left for their final pre-deployment training, but it's still quite high.  The rate was at 10.1 percent in February, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

"We're going to be pushing in every nook and cranny of our state to find employers who are willing to hire vets and I think we can do it," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).

A new website, FortOregon.com, is being created to help soldiers find jobs and services.

Worksource Lane, the Lane County's employment office, already gets federal funding for three veteran's services officers who work to find returning and current vets find jobs.

"There are skills that you learn that you do in different types of jobs and you can transfer those skills into other types of jobs," said manager Jim Pfarrer.  "And make your resume look good so you can apply for those other jobs."