She started a company when previous employer wouldn't hire vets

Elizabeth Perez / Special to NBC Latino

By NBC Latino

Elizabeth Perez has trained more than 900 contractors in the clean energy industry in California, nearly 100 of which are veterans.

"In 2009, I approached the company I was with about training veterans, and they didn't see it," says Perez. "They weren’t really going to hire veterans, so I started on my own company."

She says there is a desperate need for companies to reach out to Veterans with opportunities.

Read the full story on NBC Latino's website.

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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