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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The national unemployment numbers may have declined,the number of unemployed post 9/11 veterans is still a problem.

Verrice Hayes is among the number of unemployed veterans.

"I've been looking since April and here it is June and I still haven't run into anything yet," said Hayes.

Hayes served in Kuwait; she returned to her North Florida home in January and saidshe has submitted 22 applications since then and only one resulted in an interview.

"It is difficult," she said, "yes it is difficult."

Hayes saidthe biggest challenge has been translating her military skills into the skills an employer would want.

"I have a lot of experience in doing a job skills in one area," she said, "my issue is my education doesn't follow that same track."

Hayes, 32, has both an undergraduate and master degreein the criminal justice field.She's hoping the Lake City Hiring Our Heroes job fair will open the doors of employment.

"I'm hoping that I find somebody that will give me that job," she said," at least an interview in a day or two."

Ernie Lombardi of the US Chamber of Commerce is behind the Lake City job fair.

"The possibility of a veteran getting a job isvery strong," said Lombardi.

"We've seen significant numbers where veterans have been hired on the spot depending on the employer and the job skills they bring to the table," he said.

The one day event covered resume writing, interviewing skills, and a face to face talk with potential employers.

"We had over 100 veterans preregistered for the event," said Lombardi.

Hayes will know in a few days if her trip to the Hiring Our Heroes job fair pays off.

More than 27 companies and service organizations, including First Coast News were at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair.

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