BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — More than five percent of Louisiana’s veterans are unemployed, according to Live Stories Statistics. United for Vets has partnered with BASF to hopefully close the gap.

“The orders ended. So now I’m forced to look for a job,” explained Dasha Wright, a second lieutenant in Army National Guard.

And there are many more just like Wright. That’s why Capital Area United Way is partnering with BASF to offer 30 veterans a career that will translate the skills they received in the military to civilian life.

“They are intimidated by the interview process and the job-finding process. So we want to make that easier for them. We want to create touch points for them with companies, but also want to teach them those gainful skills,” said Delores Hurst, senior director of Community Impact & Equity at Capital Area United Way.

Veterans worked on their resumes and were able to have mock interviews with the company. BASF Talent Strategy Manager Sarah Haneline says the company values veterans and their hard work. Their goal is to not only close the gap but also take care of veterans.

“Within BASF, we have a lot of veterans already employed. And so this is a way for us to connect our veterans who want to give back to the community, with veterans who are looking for opportunities. And ultimately, it helps all of us, right? We’re able to hire great people and then our local community members who are veterans have an opportunity for four great careers,” she continued.

Wright says she has been looking for a career since July but has not had any luck. Opportunities like these are needed.

“This is going to give me a sense of stability within my family,” she said.