Portraits of veterans looking for work

Veterans who attended last week's Hiring Our Heroes resume workshop told TODAY.com that their military background has helped make them the best prospective job candidates.

"The skills I've learned — the leadership skills, the management skills — give me an advantage, I hope, as I search for employment," said Jeffery Harrison, a captain in the US Army.

Derek Coy, a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corp., joined in 2004 following his father's footsteps.


"I guarantee if you hire a veteran you're getting someone who is going to be devoted to what they do and work harder than everyone else."

Watch the troops' testimonials above. And get a glimpse of tips from the workshop by reading the expert's 10 tips when crafting a resume.

More from Hiring our Heroes:
Young veterans share their skills, dreams
Capital One, Comcast pledge to hire vets
Comcast and NBC Universal will hire 1,000 veterans 
Hiring our Heroes 'unlocks the potential' of vets 
Jill Biden: Veterans will 'get the job done' 
Bloomberg: NYC is committed to hiring veterans 

For more on Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the workforce, click here. Learn more about job fairs for veterans here.

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This broadcast is really touching to see. Kudos to NBC and The Today Show for bringing this issue to light. I am a Navy veteran. Not your typical image of a veteran. I'm 29 years old, mother of two, married to an active duty servicemember. I hope that as a result of today's job fair, many veterans get jobs in which they can be proud of and provide for their families. I also hope that when I return to the workforce there will be a company out there with open arms that will be proud to hire me and consider me an asset.

    Reply#1 - Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:09 PM EDT

    Hiring a veteran is a great idea!

      Reply#2 - Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:50 PM EDT

      Everything I saw on The Today Show talked about veterans that had 20 or 30 years service. Both of these milestones carry with them a retirement package! If you have served in the military for 20 years you are entitled to a retirement. Sometimes that means you may retire at 38 years of age - That's good, you're still young enough to go to work and earn another retirement and I feel that is very fitting for someone that has sacrificed what our Military families do while serving their country.

      However; There is another side to this that I have not heard any one on TV even address yet. An 18 year old joins the Army, he is trained to jump out of an airplane and he is trained to shoot a rifle. Neither of which are much good "on the outside". He only serves 6 or 7 years, but has been to Afghanastan for two tours of duty, and to Iraq for one tour of duty. When he gets out he is 24 or 25 years old, does not get a retirement, and has no useable training. WHAT DOES THIS KID DO??? He has no income after his unemployment runs out - he doesn't have the luxury of a retirement income, he can only hope he gets lucky & lands a job of some kind while he tries to better his situation. WHAT KIND OF HELP ARE YOU OFFERING HIM?? Why haven't these kids been part of the big deal on the Today Show?????

        Reply#3 - Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:59 PM EDT

        Yeah, I'm not sure how sorry I am supposed to feel for a (in one segment I saw) retiring colonel in the Marine Corps that will be recieving almost $50,000 in retirement pay each year... which will only increase with the cost of living...

        Let's see some stories about the privates or specialists that were in for 4 years, spent time kicking in doors in Iraq/Afghanistan, and decided that the military wasn't for them. They're looking for jobs and aren't getting a retirement check!

          #3.1 - Sun Apr 1, 2012 11:51 PM EDT
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