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Veterans-Only Job Fair Happening Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Veterans across the country will be able to log on and apply for post-service careers as part of a virtual job fair today.

Just one day before the celebration of Veteran's Day, more than 36,000 former servicemen and women have signed up to participate in the online job fair.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recent war veterans had a slightly higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country in 2010. 

"Gulf War-era II veterans," or members of the military who have served since 2001, had a jobless rate of 11.5 percent last year.  Non-veterans had a jobless rate of 9.4 percent. 

In July 2010, a quarter of Gulf War-era II veterans reported some sort of disability from their time in the armed forces.

To help these men and women find new careers, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Milicruit.com are holding a virtual job fair from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. 

Kids Rock the Nation, November 19th

Kids Rock the Nation, November 19th

 

Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (FOSAA) will sponsor an exciting all-day musical event at the Amphitheatre on Saturday, November 19th from 12:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will feature some of the area's hottest bands and soloists and spotlight the talent of Kids Rock the Nation Foundation award recipients. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students eighteen and under. Children under five will be admitted for free. Tickets are available through TicketMaster and at the Amphitheatre Box Office beginning October 1st. Tickets will also be available at the door. Half of the proceeds will be donated to St. Johns County schools to provide opportunities for students to see and experience live performances. The other half will be used to fund grants to non-profit community agencies and schools who submit FOSAA grant applications.

Dad-Daughter Date Night Planned for Military Fathers

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It might just be the break from texting and video games you crave as a father.

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville is inviting active duty military Dads to bring their daugters to a special Dad-Daughter dinner/date night.  The non-profit group is offering a discount on tickets for the October 1st event.

There will be a dinner and dancing for the Dad-Daughter teams.

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott will hold his third "Let's Get to Work" day at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Governor's will be there from approximately 5:15 a.m. until 3:30 in Thursday afternoon.

We're told the Governor will begin the day by working at the gate.

Good Morning Jacksonville will join the Governor live starting at 5:45 a.m.

Friends Remember Local Pilot in Fatal Air Show Crash

Friends Remember Local Pilot in Fatal Air Show Crash

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The pilot who died Saturday in an air show crash was also a current commercial airline pilot for Delta, friends tell First Coast News.

Bryan Jensen died Saturday at an air show in Kansas City. He was based at St. Augustine's airport and lived in Ponte Vedra.

Sunday, the president of the St. Augustine pilots association said Jensen was a beloved member of the group. He said Jensen enjoyed flying even during his days off from Delta.

"These aren't stunts. He's not a thrill-seeker or a dare devil. These are maneuvers that are well rehearsed and practiced over and over and over again," said Craig Fordem of St. Augustine.

Delta has not responded to our request for comment.

Florida Pilot Dies in Fiery Crash During Air Show

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Kansas City air show ended abruptly after a fiery crash killed stunt pilot Bryan Jensen.

Bryan Jensen is based in Florida and according to his website lists and address in Ponte Vedra.

An aviation Department spokesman in Kansas City, Joe McBride says Jensen couldn't pull out of a maneuver Saturday and crashed his biplane, The Beast, into the grass at a downtown airport airfield.

McBride says it's the first fatal crash at the annual Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show. No spectators were injured.

Witnesses tell the Kansas City Star that the red Horzon Hobbit plane was performing loops, then couldn't pull up from a downward spiral. They say the plane hit the ground and burst into flames.