Job fair aims to help veterans find new careers

Veteran's job fair, held June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013 9:43:55 AM PDT
After returning from war overseas, some veterans are now fighting for jobs at home. That's why an event taking place in northwest Houston is so vital.

The American GI Forum is hosting a job fair for veterans near Willowbrook Mall at the Hilton Garden Inn on Tomball Parkway at Willow Chase Boulevard, for those veterans seeking employment.

The unemployment rate for veterans has improved as of late, but is highest, according to the Department of Labor, among those veterans who served during the time period following 9-11.

All veterans are welcome at this job fair. We talked to one recruiter, a veteran himself, who says he understands the special skills veterans bring to the civilian work force.

"With me being a 12-year vet myself, I know we bring a certain skill set besides our primary duties that we used in the service," said Gabriel Gonzales from Weatherford. "We were multi-taskers. We worked under harsh conditions. I joined the Navy when I was 17. So when I came across into the civilian sector and I worked for Weatherford International, I think my work attitude and my core values which encouraged commitment, it allowed me to elevate myself to my current position."

At least a dozen employers are at the fair, ranging from the Texas Department of Public Safety to Weatherford, an oil and gas company, to talk to veterans. The fair runs until 3pm.

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