WASHINGTON - The Associated Builders and Contractors recently launched www.veteransbuildamerica.org, a Web site to help U.S. veterans move from the military to civilian life.

The site, developed with Orion International, a military-placement agency, will look to match veterans with construction contractors.

"We realize that the transition from military life to civilian life can sometimes be difficult," said ABC President and CEO Kirk Pickerel. "It is our hope that VeteransBuildAmerica.org will help ease this transition by providing opportunities for veterans to begin a career in the U.S. construction industry."

The Web site, which will be managed by Orion, features a keyword search engine for job seekers that allows them to look for positions in certain geographic areas.

Veterans can browse through lists of available positions or post their resumes for employers to review. ABC member firms seeking to hire veterans are allowed to post job notices free of charge. Non-ABC members are charged a small fee.

"We've been working for more than 15 years to assist individual veterans in finding high-quality employment," said Bill Laughlin, CEO of Orion International. "For our industry to work in conjunction with the construction industry to find civilian jobs for veterans approaches perfection. With the construction employee shortfall and the 250,000 military personnel transitioning out annually, these industry sectors need each other."