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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair at the Brady Street Armory in Davenport on Tuesday.

In the last two years, more than 20,000 veterans and their spouses have been hired thanks to the nationwide "Hiring Our Heroes" effort. This job fair is specifically geared toward helping service members and their spouses find work.

Numbers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce show that the overall unemployment rate for veterans is 10 percent. For veterans under age 25, the rate jumps to nearly 30 percent.

So, close to 40 employers gathered at the armory Tuesday, accepting resumes and conducting on-the-spot interviews. Local businesses are trying to give back to service members who have already given so much for their country.

"This is just a great opportunity to bring a lot of these corporate representatives together, make it easier on [the veterans] to go down the line and talk to everyone and see what fit is right for them," said Rich Burns, program executive.

"We like the idea of helping soldiers because that's the right thing to do."

Before the start of Tuesday's "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair, a workshop was held to familiarize veterans with resume building and interview techniques.