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The biggest names in tech in the US hire with an eye on veterans

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The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001 hovers at around 5.8 per cent, which is higher than the national average of 5 per cent.

Currently, the technology sector is a big part of this mission, both in the networking platform and ultimate work placement.

Promoting veteran candidates within the technology industry specifically was the focus of a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, which included representatives from Microsoft , Amazon and Uber testifying about their respective companies' opportunities for veterans.

Bernard Bergan, technical account manager at Microsoft and a veteran himself, told the committee that "it is past time for industry, government and nonprofit leaders to give back to our veterans."

Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni says the company currently has 2,000 employees who are veterans.

"Right now in many parts of the country the veterans are most vulnerable," Tersigni said.

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