Job fair focuses on hiring veterans as part of a statewide initiative

POSTED: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 9:21am

According to a report in March 12.1 percent of veterans, who served on active duty since September 2001, were unemployed in 2011.

And as more and more veterans come back to the U.S.. from deployment each day, that unemployment rate could rise.

So today there was a job fair for veterans in Bryan as part of Governor Perry's statewide initiative called, "Hiring Red, White and You."

Adam Martinez., a United States Navy veteran, spent four years on deployment in Japan.

He says he never imagined he'd have any trouble finding work when he came home.

Martinez said, "I heard in Japan like, 'Man times are tough.' People wanted to stay in because they thought it was rough out there."

And when Martinez came back December of last year he found out first hand just how difficult it is to get a job.

"Sure enough they were right," said Martinez. "I got a lot of no-call backs or 'Sorry we are not interested right now.'"

Martinez isn't alone.

In 2011, 8.3 percent of all veterans were jobless -- a problem that's only going to continue as we bring troops back from overseas.

That's why Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley held a job fair Thursday to give veterans and their families a shot at a new beginning.

"There's a lot of veterans who need these types of events to re-engage them in our employment," said Michael Root with Workforce Solutions.

The job fair featured 31 different employers all looking to hire veterans and Martinez hopes his skills as an aviation electronics technician will help him land a job in the real world.

"It's hard but I have a lot of loved ones that keep telling me it'll come eventually."

Statewide there were 28 other job fairs for veterans today all trying to hire "Red, White and You."

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