DETROIT (AP) — Staff Sgt. Michael Burton's 20-year Army career has taken him all over the globe — from Panama to Somalia, and Haiti to Iraq.

In 45 days, however, the 40-year-old Detroit resident will be a former member of the U.S. military. And that means he needs a job.

The soon-to-be-retiree was one of thousands of veterans who flocked to a downtown convention hall this week for a first-of-its-kind gathering designed to help America's warriors on a number of fronts: a job fair, a small business conference and an open house.

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