Hiring a Hero

May 2, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 2, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM EDT

LACKAWANNA, NY (WKBW-TV) - A national job fair aimed at putting veterans back to work took place Wednesday afternoon at the Matthew Glab American Legion Post in Lackawanna.

Over 50 national and local companies were on hand to answer questions, conduct on-the-spot interviews and even offer jobs.

The "Hiring our Heroes" event is put on by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and helps veterans and their spouses find employment.

The Chamber of Commerce has put on a number of these events in the past finding a job for over 9,000 veterans and their spouses. Approximately 400 "Hiring our Heroes" events will take place across the county in 2012.