A new program is in place to help America's veterans who are having trouble landing a job after returning from active duty.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was one of those who fought for what's now known as the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, or V-RAP. It provides help to veterans looking to obtain the background needed to get hired.

The 12-month training program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor. 

One of the first to take advantage of the program locally is Pedro Colon Jr. of Youngstown, who said despite his military training, the job market for veterans is bleak.

"It's like the military world is a world and the civilian world is a world and they don't connect. We need to get to a point where military training be acceptable and certifiable to the civilian world. It would make things so much faster and easier for those guys," Colon said. 

Colon said he's already enrolled in a program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center to get trained as a medical technician.

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