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North Dakota's booming economy continues to bring people to the state.

The stellar unemployment numbers and word of high-paying jobs brings people here...but doesn't guarantee success.

That goes for the men and women who have served in our country's armed forces as well.

The numbers tell the story.

Back in 2010, the Ward County Veterans Service office had just 155 out-of-county contacts with Vets new to the area looking for help.

Jump to last year and that number has more than doubled...and through the first few months of this year, the office is on pace to top that 371 number.

Dale Braun with Vets Services says many situations are tough because when the vets turn to them...they are usually on about their last dime.

 (Dale Braun - Ward County Veterans Services Director) "When we see them most of the time they are out of money, don't have a place to live, don't have a job and don't really have a skill that is conducive to jobs here. There are lots of jobs here but you have to have a skill for most of the jobs either oil or construction. These vets are hearing on the national news that ND has less than 3 percent unemployment and this is where the opportunities are and they come here and find out that it isn't quite as rosy as they thought it was going to be." 

Braun says the office does the best it can to help in all situations, but many times the best they can do is refer them to other agencies for help.

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