Companies Come Together to Hire Veterans

Companies Come Together to Hire Veterans

Aric Brackeen recently retired from the military. he's not exactly sure what his next step will be after hanging up the uniform.

"I would like to get into some kind of security job, and I've talked to a few of those individuals out here today," Brackeen said.

Brackeen  talked to prospective employers at the third annual Red, White and You Veterans Job Fair at the Sikes Lake Center of Midwestern State University. Forty-six different companies, more than double the amount of organizations compared to last year, were looking to connect with Texoma veterans of all ages.

"Many of these are franchises of some sort," explained Tom Norris, the Veterans Employment Liaison for the Texas Veterans Commission. "But they are all local in the sense that they are hiring for this area. There are all kinds of jobs and so there is something for everybody really."

As of 2013, the national unemployment rate for all veterans is 6.6%, which according to Norris is down from last year. Norris says events like the one held today are the first step in making the transition between military and civilian life for veterans. But if you are part of the 6.6%, Norris urges you to not lose hope.

"Finding a job is a full time job, and they got to stay positive and keep looking, the jobs are out there and things are looking up every day," Norris said.

"I think these job fairs are a great opportunity to come out, see what's available, and kind of get your foot in the door to when they do transition, to move into something right off the bat," Brackeen added.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6