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Hire Heroes Act aims to employ more veterans

The United States Senate passed a bill to help hire America's veterans. The Hire Heroes Act aims to lower the veteran unemployment rate by offering businesses incentives to hire former service men and women.

A few happily-employed veterans we talked to are hopeful this legislation will help employ many deserving heroes.

The unemployment rate for young veterans has been on the rise.

The U.S. Department of Labor says as high as 27% for young veterans. Veterans like Gary Walker.

"Whenever I got back, I was hesitant about being able to find a job due to my shoulder," says Walker.

After two years in the Army he was discharged due to an injury.

"Being so young, I thought it would be difficult for me to make any kind of lifestyle and find a job and I came here and I'm definitely grateful," Walker expressed.

Grateful his military service is valued at Home Depot--a business known for donating millions of dollars toward veteran housing projects, and providing veterans with jobs.

Home Depot in Tyler employs a number of veterans, from hardware specialists to electricians, and customer service.

Not just working, but working with others who share their experiences and value their service.

"It's a thrill. It's wonderful to be here. Our camaraderie is bar none. It's just wonderful," said Bob Crow, another veteran and Home Depot employee.

And because of the Hire Heroes Act, soon many more veterans may experience that same thing.

It aims to provide veterans with job skills training and give tax credits to the businesses who hire them.

And most importantly show them one thing:

"They still can have a life--even being as young as I am," Walker encouraged.

Because no service is too small, and no veteran deserves to be forgotten.

The Hire Heroes act will also help match veterans with job openings and guide them through the job recruitment process.

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