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U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds job fair at Fort Belvoir

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a job fair at Fort Belvoir Wednesday, and hundreds showed up, looking for work.

Beth Lomerson just returned from being stationed overseas with her husband, Timothy. With Timothy, a wounded warrior, unable to work, Beth has been job hunting for months.

"I've been applying...and looking for six months...It's not easy," Beth said.

Noreen O'Neil of Hiring Our Heroes added, "Unemployment among military spouses in 26 percent...which is an astronomical number."

Dozens of companies who are hiring came to the Chamber of Commerce job fair to interview military spouses and veterans. 

"It's been great. It's been positive," said Realtor Craig Cummings.

Job counselors also met with those in attendance to review resumés and set up interviews with companies.

WMATA was looking for a few good men and women to be engineers, transit police and mechanics.

Military spouses say the most difficult part of job hunting is not knowing how long you'll stay somewhere.

Hiring our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation program, is asking the business community to "give back" by hiring half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of next year.

In the past year, 14,000 have been hired. Wednesday's job fair marks a few hundred more towards the goal of giving back to those who gave so much.

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