Nearly 10% of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are looking for work, and the rail industry is hiring. "Today, roughly 23% of the railroad workforce is eligible to retire by 2015," said Ed Hamberger, president of the Association of American Railroads. To address this, America's railroads sought to hire 5,000 veterans in 2012. "It’s a great mesh of their characteristics and leadership learned in the armed forces," Hamberger said.

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