Event helps connect veterans with employers

EUGENE, Ore. - When Steve Snyder got home from serving his country in Vietnam, he found the skills he learned in the military didn't readily translate to civilian life.

"There weren't many jobs loading bombs and taking pictures of submarines," he said.

Snyder found work in construction. Now he is looking for a new career, but the modern workforce is vastly different from the one he joined decades ago.

"When I got out of the service, the Internet and computer world wasn't as prevalent as it is now," he said.

And nowadays, many job postings are primarily - if not only - online.

"Myself and I'm sure many other veterans don't have that experience with the computer," he said.

Snyder took part in the Hiring Our Heroes event Thursday, where veterans could meet face-to-face with potential employers while brushing up on job-hunting skills.

"This gives myself and other veterans a chance to channel that avenue," he said.