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Transition summit pairs vets with employers

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NBC is teaming up with the military and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help troops make a smooth transition into another job.

"Hiring Our Heroes" has an event at Fort Bragg next week. It's one that's proven to be successful for a company out of Apex and a local veteran.

Lauren Drew is a husband and a father with a new job with new responsibilities.

He has been looking for a job for four months after retiring from the Army.

He wasn't having any luck, so he reached out to "Hiring Our Heroes." He is now a technical support engineer for EMC2 in Apex.

"These hiring events, Hiring Our Heroes and some of the others are very important for the soldiers," said Drew. "Had I not had that conversation with them, I would have never gotten an interview there and translating what we did in the military and how we did it into a resume that the commercial industry likes is hard."

Drew is one of 24 new hires at EMC2. Half of his new coworkers are veterans, too.

The company is responsible for storing, managing and protecting data for their customers.

"It's a very big change from what we did in the military to this environment here," he said.

EMC Vice President Bob Hawkins said hiring military members is a win/win situation.

"Veterans are first of all a great source of rich talent for us the things that they learn, the competencies and skills that they acquired in the military map very well into our core competencies and values," he said.

With several success stories in the works, the company plans to expand with more of our service men and women looking for a change.

"These events are great for the service members for getting them out of military life and into civilian life they are very, very beneficial and I hope that soldiers take advantage of it," said Drew.

The Transition Summit will take place Aug. 12 from 1 p.m.to- 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center, Bldg C-7125 Champion Main, Fort Bragg And Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pax Shed #3, Building W-1648 Hurst Drive, Pope Airfield in Fayetteville.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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