Jobs for vets

Central City Concern plans to help homeless, jobless vets.

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The number of homeless veterans in Portland has grown exponentially in the past few years. Central City Concern and veterans organizations are teaming up to help these veterans find jobs in a down economy.

[The] number is expected to grow because only about half of those troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq have returned to civilian life. How isolated a veteran is in the first year after leaving the military and whether the vet is divorced, separated or single are the key factors linked to becoming homeless, according to a report by the Governor’s Task Force on Veterans Services.

On Wednesday, Central City Concern and veterans organizations will tackle the isolation and the rough economy at a stand-down and job fair. A stand-down is the battlefield term for soldiers returning to a safe place to rest.

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