Piedmont businesses helping veterans year-round

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Matt Greene is a custom fabricator.

He makes art and other items from steel.

Some of his best work, including several 20-foot-tall steel robots, is on display at Burger Warfare on Battleground Avenue.

It’s a career he took up after he got out of the military in 2008.

Greene was a Marine scout sniper in Iraq.

But when he got home, Greene had a hard time finding a job.

"I had a really hard time adjusting,” Greene said. “It probably took me three or four years to get back in the groove of things.”

It’s a transition Marty Kotis the owner of Burger Warfare wanted to help Greene and other veterans make.

"Veterans are hard-working,” Kotis said. “They're trust-worthy, plus we owe them as well."

Kotis is one of many Piedmont business owners who give preference to veterans when filling positions.

"We're excited to work with them whenever we can," he said.

Kotis and his business partners also sponsor a three-day event which helps veteran entrepreneurs.

Eric Nicholson owns four Batteries Plus stores in the Triad and says he seeks veterans when looking to hire.

"They've gotten so much on the job training by going through the military," Nicholson said.

The type of opportunities veterans like Greene would like to see more of.

"I wish that more people were doing it,” he said. “And, I wish more vets were taking advantage of it."

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