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Albany -   Erica Merritt spent only two years in the Army, before an injury forced her to come home. Now Merritt is about to begin training for a new job, one she found through the Department of labor.

She says, "They're great. You come in and use the computers, or if you need help with your resume they help you out and make you look a little more appealing."

And because she's a veteran, she gets top priority. Career Center Manager Norman Race says, "Congress decided that veterans, persons who have served their country, deserve a leg up when they get back from service overseas or when they finish their tour of duty."

He says it's a thank-you of sorts. "I think it's a great service they have performed and we try to meet that service with this response from the DOL that says we thank you for your service to the country and we want to do something in return," says Race.

Which will hopefully include returning Vets like Erica to the work force. She says, "We were trained to do one job for so long that it's nice to know that we have some help to learn a different trade so we can go farther in life." As for Erica, she begins training for her new job on Thursday.

If you are a Veteran looking for employment, go to the Albany Department of Labor and ask to speak with a veterans specialist.

posted by karen.collier@walb.com