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Railroad industry to hire 5,000 veterans

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Many of America's veterans are unemployed, but the railroad industry is hoping to change that.

The Association of American Railroads announced recently that the industry will hire 5,000 veterans this year. President and CEO Edward Hamberger said he hopes the partnership will reward veterans with careers on the rails.

"We are honored to be an engine of economic development in West Virginia and this ongoing partnership with the armed forces will put West Virginia's returning war heroes into well-paying, long-term careers," Hamberger said.

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He praised the rail industry for agreeing to hire the veterans.

"Our nation's veterans have fought to preserve our freedoms and secure our futures," he said in a statement. "While we can never fully repay them for their sacrifice, we certainly should be doing all that we can to ensure that our newest generation of veterans are secure in their future and can continue to contribute to our nation's success when they come home. American rail companies and suppliers are stepping up to help in this effort by agreeing to hire 5,000 veterans this year alone, which continues a long-standing partnership between our nation's military and railroads."

Both CSX and Norfolk Southern are leading the way in this initiative, according to Rahall. Both companies have also been recently recognized as G.I. Jobs Top 50 Military-Friendly Employers.

"Both CSX and Norfolk Southern not only value veterans, they prize West Virginians and our work ethic," Rahall said. "Generations of West Virginians credit their livelihoods to careers with the railroads, and our patriotic tradition of service fits well with these businesses' long-standing loyalty to former service personnel."

According to Rahall's office, one of four railroad workers in America is a veteran. The railroad industry also hired 5,000 veterans last year.

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