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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- They protect us by serving our country, and now the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the city of Leavenworth, and the Fort Leavenworth Transition Assistance Program are helping veterans and their spouses find work.

Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses attended the job fair in hopes of finding careers, something that isn't always so easy in their line of work.

"It's been great, but we move every one to three years, which brought me here today," said Angela Oakley, whose husband has been in the Army for the last 15 years and their family has lived in eight different places in those 15 years.

"Today I'm going to start looking for my career that will follow me for the rest of his career," Oakley said.

She attended the job fair at the Riverfront Community Center in downtown Leavenworth on Monday.

"I want to find something that will stick with me regardless of where we follow him to, that's been the problem," Oakley added.

She has an undergraduate degree and a masters, yet she says she has trouble finding a job with longevity.

"A lot of those are definitely stuck with where we are currently living, and won't follow me when we get to move, again," said Oakley.

"There are all kinds of opportunities, the thing is, do you really want to do them," said 58-year-old Robert Hall, who is retiring from the military soon.

He, too, is looking for a job that suites his lifestyle.

"Sometimes you just don't know where to actually look for a job," Hall said.

Both Oakley and Hall say Monday's military job fair allows them to see what is available to them, with the employer knowing full-well who they're dealing with.

"It definitely becomes a challenging process to change jobs, especially when you look at -- it takes a few months to even get a new job," said Oakley.

"I just think it's a good thing for people to come out, and really show us that they have jobs open and they're willing to hire us," Hall added.

"I want to find a company that will grow with me, and move with me, and will appreciate the things I can do from home," said Oakley, "wherever that address may be."

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