the president has challenged u.s. businesses to hire 100,000 veterans or their spouses by 2014. >>> it'll take a lot more than that to make a dent in the unemployment rate, though, for veterans. it's now stuck at double digits. fox 4's james rose looks at the job market right now for those veterans. james? >> there's a lot on the table when it comes to employment. for the most part, veterans are dependable, loyal, dedicated and know the meaning of sacrifice. the problem is many don't know how best to showcase those qualities. >> it's almost as though we have to fight another war just to get a job. >> jimmy jones is a veteran with multiple tours in afghanistan, iraq and kuwait. jones wounded in a convoy crash got out of the air force as a staff sergeant in 2008. he suffers from a back injury and ptsd. >> he says why did you go be a police officer? i'm 40% disabled! >> jones doesn't receive military disability pay and has now been actively looking for a job for a year and a half. his military expertise is security and intelligence. >> ironically, i have three employers that called me back saying i'm overqualified and we had to find someone else. almost saying you have to dumb down your resume so you can work here. amazing! >> the texas veterans commission says texas leads the nation in unemploy veterans. in 2009, it was helping 47,500 veterans find employment. this week,
uta held a job fair specifically for unemployed veterans. >> and when i look at a resume and i see someone that's served our country, i'd like to see that on top of the resume. >> chris lawson runs a staffing firm that helps place veterans in quality jobs. he says veterans too often short change their militaryscales skills. >> if you have leadership experience in the military, managing two people to 25, you've led. you've coached. you've trained. sometimes life and death situations. so those are my gosh, those are transferable skills for sure. >> there are a number of resources available to veterans in north texas looking for employment. the texas veterans commission, the texas veterans portal and the texas work force commission has a veteran leadership program. for more information about these organizations, you can go to myfoxdfw.com and click on links. james rose, fox 4 news.