By Grant Bissell

COLLINSIVLLE, Ill. (KSDK) - Dozens of local companies are looking to hire military veterans right here in the bi-state area.

On Thursday Hiring Our Heroes made a stop at the American Legion Hall in Collinsville, Ill. The group's mission is to help find meaningful jobs for veterans and their spouses.

Organizers say unemployment among male veterans is 7-9 percent, while female veterans face 9-11 percent unemployment. Jobs fairs like the ones hosted by Hiring Our Heroes give veterans the exposure to the job market and help them transition back to civilian life.

"We want to make sure they are aware of their benefits and that they get jobs and thank them for their service," said Gary Jenson of the Illinois American Legion.

The next Hiring Our Heroes event will be held at the America's Center in Downtown St. Louis on August 6.

For more information, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's website.

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