With cuts coming, thousands of Alaska’s military members could be out of a job in the not-too-distant future. A national nonprofit group is in Alaska to help these service members find work in the civilian world.


Hiring Our Heroes is a two-day conference designed to help service members polish their job-hunting skills and connect them to employers interested in their abilities.


The conference kicks off Wednesday. More than 100 employers from the Lower 48 and Alaska will be there, all looking to hire former service members.


The U.S. Army recently announced more than 2,500 Alaskan soldiers will be cut, most through attrition as they leave the military.


Hiring Our Heroes executive director Ross Cohen says even soldiers who don’t plan to transition soon can benefit from taking part.


“They can start now, figuring out how to write their resume better, how to network better, how to do a 60-second elevator pitch about why an employer wants to hire you,” said Cohen. “Get that practice now while you’re still in the military, so you’re ready to go, day one, when you leave, and you’re not waiting until that day to start the process.”


Hiring Our Heroes is open to veterans, current service members and their spouses.


It takes place July 22-23 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.


For more information on how to register, go to www.hiringourheroes.org.