DALLAS — A sad statistic — 4.5% of veterans are unemployed. That’s over 14 million men and women. In an effort to help, a job fair just for veterans and their families was held Thursday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
“We’re here today to help companies hire military veterans,” Peter Gudmundsson, CEO of Recruit Military said. “There’s a tremendous demand today for high-quality talent. Veterans are great talent. That’s why there are over 100 companies down here today.”
“I was in the military for five years, and I’m looking for employment outside of the military,” veteran and singer/songwriter, Rex Allen said. “I have one son. His name is Dustin. He’s seven. He’s actually the reason why I joined the Army, and he’s the reason that I got out of the Army to be home with him. He’s pretty special.”
“Recognizing the high need of transitioning military service members and their ability to find meaningful employment, DAV decided to launch our employment program, which is not directed at service disabled veterans,” Jeffrey Hall, DAV National Employment Director explained. “It’s all veterans. Whether it’s active duty, guard, reserve members, veterans, and their spouses as well.”
Theresa Fletcher was looking for a job Thursday.
“My husband, Otis, was in the military for 18 years,” Fletcher said. “I’m a disabled person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work or get back into the work force — something you enjoy getting up to come to everyday.”
“With the military downsizing, constantly under the pressure of cutting such as 40,000 troops this year, the need is going to be greater,” Hall explained.
“To find that there are people out there willing to help you, it’s great,” Fletcher smiled. “Me and my husband have been looking for work nearly all this year. Seek and you shall find.”
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