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Nashville Welcomes Home Veterans with Jobs--Mikayla Lewis

Updated: Sunday, June 15 2014, 11:46 AM CDT

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Tenn.--Senator Doug Henry stood on the steps of the War Memorial Saturday to
welcome home other veterans.

The World
War II veteran received a Philippine Independence Medal during his career. He is
now preparing to retire from his more than half century work as a state

Senator henry and other veteran advocates are helping
soldiers get a job here on the home front.

Crawford, veteran says, "Your soldiers are the most dedicated,  very loyal, very disciplined, they want to
work. "

And they
want to help like Michael Burrows. The Army veteran  owns H30 (health, healing , and hope
outreach)  Aquatics in Murfreesboro. It's
the first of a franchise.

Burrows says, "We're going to be providing jobs for veterans. It's veteran
owned business and we're going to be working with the VA to give care to
veterans for free who go through the VA."

Despite the
recent VA problems with delaying veteran healthcare in other locations, some
feel lucky.

Today's parade
grand marshal and Recon Maqrine , Stephen Cochran underwent surgery at the Nashville
VA hospital after being paralyzed in Afghanistan.

Cochran says, "...The reason that I am standing here in front of you right
now. So as veterans of Nashville we are a little bit spoiled. We have a great
VA here."

Cochran is
paying it forward trying to get great job opportunities for veterans coming
back from the longest war in US history.

Cochran says, " A man that shoots his weapon in defense of his country
should make more money than a man that shoots a basketball.  I believe those veterans should come home and
not have to worry about jobs, healthcare or homes."

is joining many other cities, with the Welcome Home parade and job fair.
Organizers say they will continue to put on the event.

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