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St. Louis (KSDK) - What better way to observe Veterans Day than to meet one of the greatest needs of those who have served our country?

The "Hiring our Heroes" job fair was Friday morning at the America's Center in downtown St. Louis.

The Church of God in Christ is in town this week holding its 105th International Holy Convocation. And since it's Veterans Day Sunday, organizers decided on a way to serve those who have served for us.

Armed with resumes and a smile, 500 members of the military, from every branch, descended on the second floor atrium of the convention center to see about some new employment.

Sgt. Michael Porter served in the Army National Guard and has been based out of Southern Illinois. He got back from a tour a month-and-a-half ago.

"I mean, I feel like I gained a lot of valuable experience in Afghanistan," he explained.

"Qualifications? I'm bilingual," said Blanche Haley spent her service as a chemical operations specialist in the Army. "I speak French. My degree is in French. I have a customer service background, I have an office administration background."

Each has goals of getting not just a job but rather building a career, and each was grateful for a fair set up to meet the needs of veterans, whether that's meet members of a diverse group of companies or getting help on how to write a resume.

"Knowing that there are jobs out there for us, that people are willing to help us out and make sure we get set up for later on," Porter went on to say.

"I've actually encountered a couple veterans who are looking for other veterans, so that's awesome because they already understand," added Haley.

In all, 50 St. Louis-based employers were the event, and each went with at least five open positions needing to be filled.

For more information on "Hiring our Heroes" job fairs, visit their website.

For information on how to volunteer to read veterans' names at a ceremony this weekend honoring all fallen soldiers, visit The Fight Continues' website.