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School program aims to help veterans

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A program aimed at helping veterans hone their skills through education then land a job is seeing booming registration at Western Kentucky University.

The Veterans Upward Bound initiative has jumped from 99 participants in the 2008-09 school year to 165 veterans in the 2012-13 year. Final numbers for this will be calculated Sept. 30, but to date the program had 128 veterans participating.

The program coordinator, Rick Wright, told The Daily News says the staff tries to match veterans with schools and degrees that could lead to jobs that require skills similar to ones they learned in the military.

Kentucky has 2,000 to 3,200 veterans younger than 25 years old, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The state has 339,000 veterans of all ages.

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