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KENNER, La. - The U.S. Department of Labor is on a mission to get homeless veterans off the streets and into the workforce.

The Veterans Career Fair and Diversity Job Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Pontchartrain Center.

Just like the veterans job fair at Delgado in April, Thursday's event will directly link those seeking jobs with those hiring.

Organizers of the fair said there will be managers on hand from 30 companies, including banks, construction companies, food service, stores and government agencies.

They are trying to find the right people for 600 jobs. Those attending this event should be ready to meet and have interviews with those actually doing the hiring, so bringing a resume is recommended.

Congressman Steve Scalise (R - LA) organized the April event and knows how crucial the need is.

'We knew that there were going to be a lot of veterans returning home. You know in our area, thousands of military veterans that have served our country in Iraq that were looking to come back home and try to find new opportunities and careers here. Of course, we wanted them to stay here, but we wanted to reach out to the business community to see what kind of interest there was, and it was overwhelming,' Scalise said.

Thursday's event is for men, women and military veterans of all ethnicities and all job experience levels.

Before attending, participants should go to and fill out the pre-registration form, print it out and bring it to the job fair.

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