Thousands of veterans are in need of work. So, the state has developed several programs designed to help our heroes. While the Texas Veterans Commission has aided more people in finding jobs than any other state. But, as Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers reports, we still have a long way to go.
"Texas does it better because we already have things in place we don't have to run out and start programs. We have them in place. That's why Texas leads the nation in getting our veterans back to work but we've got to do a better job and we will," Lead Veteran Employment Rep. C. Colbert said.
Colbert said he talks with up to 200 veterans each day.
"If you've never been out of work and all of a sudden you don't have a job and can't provide that support to your family and your children. It takes away the substance of a man. It takes away the substance of a woman," Colbert said.
"At this point that can be labor, I just need income. I have bills piling up," unemployed veteran Harry Morgan said.
"It's hard, I mean I have an eleven year old daughter I have to take care of. I mean, it's real hard trying to find a good job," unemployed veteran Jennifer Gooch said.
Just like Jennifer Gooch and Harry Morgan, the Texas Veterans Commission helps people of all ages. In the past year, providing services to more than 1,000 vets.
"They've taught me resumes cover letters and walked me through just about everything up here," Gooch said.
More than half of the veterans they've helped have found employment.
But sometimes that means working three part time jobs or positions they may be well over-qualified for.
"You can go from making $1,200 a paycheck to $700 and you just kind of fall behind I'm just hoping I can get into a good job and work my way back up," Gooch said.
"Our mission is to find them all and bring them back into the community and make them productive again and make them believe that they can and they will," Colbert said.
Gooch is planning to go back to school to become certified paramedic.
"I made a lot of promises to my little girl and I need to get it done," Gooch said.
There are two Texas Veterans Commission employees who serve the Wichita Falls area.
Their offices are located in the Texas Workforce building at 4309 Old Jacksboro Hwy.
For more information on their services click here.