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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Good news for Military Veterans as the President and CEO of Amtrak says his company is going to add more veterans to its staff.

Amtrak will be hosting more than 30 Military Job Fairs across the country to fill vacancies due to retirement and new projects. Overall the company expects to hire over 3,000 employees over the next year.

Amtrak is actively recruiting Veterans and looking to put them to work as part of a national effort for 25% of all new hires to be Veterans.

In the 2012 fiscal year, more than 14% of new hires were Veterans, and Amtrak has a long history of hiring members of the military, especially those who work in engineering and mechanical services.

Amtrak President Joe Boardman, a Vietnam Veteran, will visit the National WWII Museum Thursday to talk about the progress made since last year.

Amtrak is partnering with recruiting groups that focus on Veteran hiring, including the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Wounded Warriors Project.

The program will be held Thursday morning at the National WWII Museum and will include an update on the hiring numbers.

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