Many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are finding the move back into civilian life can present barriers, but there is help and it’s year-round, not just on Veterans Day. Yvette Martinez with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs says one of the programs that’s proving to be successful is “Paychecks for Patriots,” which held its first job fair last year. “We saw more than 2,000 veterans hired just within that one statewide event. That event is now spreading across the country. We’ve had our second one this year. We had more employers involved and the employers we’re working with, they see the value of veterans,” Martinez said. Nationally, the unemployment rate for the youngest vets, between ages 18 and 24, has been dropping, but is still at about 20 percent. Martinez says another part of the effort includes a Web-based tool from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs that will launch this month, linking vets with schools and training. “Every educational resource that’s in the area, whether it’s private, public or technical schools, will now be at all of our outreaches because that is another hurdle. Many of our veterans, especially our enlisted veterans, went into the military straight out of high school, so we’re also becoming a one-stop shop for educational resources,” Martinez said. There are 525,000 veterans who currently call Tennessee home.