Pringle was also assisted by Vantage Health System's Opening Doors program, which finds permanent housing and offers support services to homeless families with school-age children. "They only had two slots open; it was a blessing," she said.
The New York Shipping Association, which represents the marine cargo industry, was among attendees at the Berkeley College job fair looking to hire veterans. The association's vice president of workforce development, Susan Winfree, said the NYSA has hired 300 veterans for union positions as of 2014 and plans to hire more.
"They're used to the elements, around-the-clock operations, have a great work ethic and are organized," Winfree said. "We appreciate all of those things, but mostly their service. It's a good fit."
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The shipping industry jobs available typically start at $20 an hour and "There's always overtime," she said. Winfree said she is always hopeful she will see more female veterans interested in the positions, but typically gets more interest from men.
"We thought we would see more female applicants than we have," she said, "and hope that we see more as we continue hiring our veterans."
Since 2008, the worst year on record for post-9/11 veterans was 2011, when their annualized unemployment rate reached 12.1 percent. January 2011 was the worst month for male veterans, with unemployment hitting 15.5 percent. December 2011 was the worst month for female veterans, with the unemployment hitting a staggering 21.1 percent.