Job fairs aim to lower veteran unemployment

Veterans often need help transitioning out of military life


Unemployment among veterans is above the national average.

That's part of the reason Workforce Solutions Alamo, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Veterans Commission put on the "Red, White, & You" job fair at the Live Oak Civic Center Thursday.

"Often times, they have a hard time adjusting to civilian life, or at least transitioning to civilian life, and I think these types of job fairs affords them the opportunity to meet with employers that are highly motivated in hiring them," said Patrick Newman, executive director of Workforce Solutions.

A full parking lot at the civic center was an indication of just how great the need is for jobs in the veteran community.

"When I drove up, I was amazed at how many cars were here," said retired Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Williams. "It shows that there are a lot of veterans that are coming back out of a hard condition, and they are looking to get back into the community and go to work."

More than 100 employers were on hand seeking employees with attributes that nearly all veterans have.

"You can depend on them to be reliable, honest, forthright, (and) hard-workers. I think that we would be good additions to any workforce," said Williams.

At least one veteran said she found the fair to be a good vehicle to network.

"I have, like, 10 prospective employers that were really impressed in me (and who) got my information, as well as me getting theirs," said Morgan Leitner, a former Air Force staff sergeant. "So it gave me hope."

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