Hiring our Heroes initiative continues at NBC News

As part of an ongoing commitment to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment, NBC News teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for Hiring Our Heroes.

In the last two years, TODAY profiled many of their stories on this blog. Moving forward, find continuing coverage on issues facing veterans and their families at NBCNews.com

You can find TODAY's past coverage on the Hiring Our Heroes initiative here.

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Unfortunately this all seems like a marketing ploy by NBC. I am an intelligence officer and reservist that has that has been trying to find a job where I can use my skills for three years. With all of the budget cuts, finding a government/contractor job in Miami at the military bases here has been difficult as it seems like there is a hiring freeze. I just applied one week ago to a job at NBCUniversal at Coral Gables, FL (Miami) that I am qualified for and is essentially the same job I do in the military but in civilian form. In the military, I am a Latin American Intel Analyst and the job currently available is Audience Research - Latin America Analyst (14028BR). How close of a civilian position to a military position can you get? I was extremely excited because I love what I do, I have ALWAYS wanted to work at a television network, and NBC is supposedly hiring veterans. I really took the time to translate my military focused resume to a civilian one. Unfortunately, I received this: "NBCU is not pursuing your candidacy for this position". Why? I thought if I met qualifications and was an Iraq-War veteran, I would AT LEAST get an interview. I began to get emotional when I saw the rejection. I was thinking that my experience was not worth anything and my military sacrifice was worth even less. My husband, who has lived in Miami for 30+ years, tried to console me by telling me that in Miami, it is about who you know. So I ask: NBC, why will you not EVEN CONSIDER hiring a military veteran that is perfect for the job???

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