Banks went looking for a few good men this week — and the PR boost to go with them.

On Thursday, a few hours before Moody's knocked around their credit ratings, some of the biggest commercial and investment banks hosted a job fair and conference to recruit military veterans. Citigroup (NYSE:C), Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse sponsored the second annual "Veterans on Wall Street" event, held this year in Deutsche's downtown New York atrium and the Cipriani banquet hall across the street.

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