Dec 16, 2009 8:03 PM by Matt Stafford

Gov. Ritter comes to Ft. Carson to recognize program

"I've seen far too many of you my brothers, working for low wages or not at all," says Clay Ditmore.

It's a tough time for soldiers looking for new lines of work after their service.

A national program, Helmets to Hardhats, is fighting this by getting former troops started in careers. That's despite struggles across the economic board, including in construction.

"We've seen a loss in jobs or layoffs where projects haven't started or projects didn't start all together," says Darrell Roberts, Executive Director for Helmets to Hardhats.

However, some say it's not all doom and gloom for the construction industry.

"What we're seeing is a turn around," Roberts says. "With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we're seeing projects start, we're seeing projects still going on, so we are hiring."

"We want to take advantage of what's available, of what will be available in what will be a growing industry (the construction industry) by insuring that we have a good way of linking people who are veterans with the building trades," says Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

Governor Ritter says he's expecting a slow recovery to the recession, and construction will play a big role in bringing us out.

That road to economic recovery, Ritter says, can start with giving some basic help to our vets.

"Find quality apprentice programs and, at the end of the day, quality work and be part of industries that are going to grow over the next five to six years," says Ritter.

Which would continue to give our veterans a chance to grow as well.



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