San Angelo, TX - The 6th annual "Red White and You" job fair was open to anyone, but about 10 veteran's service organizations were on-hand specifically to help military vets in need of help with transitioning to civilian life.
Cody Alaniz has been out of the army since last year--he is now seeking security work, having discussed job opportunities with Border Patrol and Customs agents at the job fair.
"Being overseas, you get used to being away from home," adds Alaniz. "Coming back it's a whole different environment."
Edward Serna says the national unemployment rate for military veterans is higher than the average for the standard population.
"It's critical to help veterans who have served for our country and make sacrifices for our country--as well as those families--to try to get them back into the workforce," Serna says.
Alaniz says he is grateful for the help veteran's service organizations at the fair did try to provide. Saying as soon as he walked in the door he was greeted with resources to help lead him down the right path.
Over 60 employers set up shop at the McNease Convention Center floor for job seekers in the Concho Valley.
For some, the job-seeking experience began while waiting in line before the doors even opened.
"Standing in line, you take advantage of that opportunity to network," says Mary Landa--a job seeker who was there prior to the fair's opening at 11 am on Thursday.
"Breaking the ice and working on that networking aspect is crucial."
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