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SLS looking to hire veterans

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Hundreds of veterans showed up for the chance to land a job at the new SLS property on the Las Vegas Strip. Congresswoman Dina Titus teamed up with the SLS to hire our heroes.

Disabled veteran Julie Pregosin spent a year and a half in the Marine Corps. She has several years experience in customer service and is hoping to land a front-desk job.

"I've been trying for a long time, and it's kind of difficult to get into the casino industry," said Pregosin.

Pregosin said it's the skills she and veterans like her learned in the service that will make them good employees.

"Learn a lot of discipline, how to take orders," Pregosin said.

"We want to make it as easy as possible to transition back into civilian life," Titus said. "They gave us their all. It's the least we can do as a grateful nation is to say thank you."

Titus is on the Veterans Committee. She said southern Nevada has a high population of veterans, and their unemployment rate is higher than the general population.

"We don't give enough credit for the kind of experience that people get in the service. They learn all kinds of skills, all kinds of trades, they have leadership development that we should be taking advantage of," said Titus.  

SLS Vice President of HR Crystal Herndon said the hotel and casino has already received more than 90,000 job applications. She said 1,400 jobs have already been filled, and there are about 1,800 still available. The veterans are applying for a wide variety of positions like front desk, security and hospitality.

"These ladies and gentleman are trained on things like, yes the core of being a soldier, but also information technology," said Herndon. "There's a finance component, there is also a hospitality component that's trained in the military services as well."

Titus said they have already talked to several other businesses about holding the same type of hiring event, one of those companies being UPS.

The SLS is set to open around Labor Day.

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