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Tehachapi program trains veterans for jobs in solar energy and telecommunications

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Veterans returning from the military often face daunting challenges, including finding a job.

Airstreams Renewables Inc. is helping vets transition back into society with clean energy.

The program started a few years ago in Tehachapi, and now it's expanding across the nation to help more vets get a job.

There are about half a million jobless vets and thousands of jobs in solar energy waiting to be taken.

"Well, I was kind of in a dead-end job, and I wanted to do something more," said Army veteran Dajaun Douglas.

The company wants to give back to those who served, and that starts with teaching them a new skill.

The vast majority -- 85 percent -- of Airstreams students are vets.

"I was only out three months before coming here, so I guess I'm still kind of in that transition phase but really hoping this will help me learn a lot of different skills and help me get out there," said Matthew Murray, a former Marine.

They learn everything from writing resumes to climbing towers.

After studying for six weeks, veterans are placed in a growing industry.

To learn more about how to sign up, click here.

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