The state of Illinois is getting involved in a special program to help our nation's heroes get jobs. Award-winning actor Gary Sinise came to Chicago Wednesday to support Get Skills to Work.
Sinise joined Governor Quinn, corporate managers from General Electric and representatives from the nonprofit to announce an initiative to help veterans acquire new job skills or match their existing skills and match them to job openings.
Those objectives are two of the biggest problems facing vets when it comes to finding work after serving the country.
Sinise became a household name after playing Lieutenant Dan in the critically-acclaimed film "Forest Gump" opposite Tom Hanks. He has been a huge advocate of putting veterans back to work, especially those who have fought in the Gulf War, the Iraq War and served in Afghanistan.
"It's an initiative led by G.E. to help match qualified veterans to open jobs in advanced manufacturing," Sinise said in a PSA for Gets Skills to Work. "A coalition of dedicated partners does this by making the hiring process easier for both veterans looking for civilian positions and employers looking for skilled talent."
He said whether you're a company looking to hire the best and the brightest or a veteran interested in advanced manufacturing, Get Skills to Work can help both sides connect and get jobs to America's heroes.