FORT HOOD, TX — DAV and Recruit Military hosted a veterans job fair on Fort Hood Thursday. Hundreds came to speak with more than 60 employers.
“Transitioning out of the military can definitely be a challenge,” said Heidi Miller of Recruit Military. She is a veteran who works to connect veterans to job opportunities.
“The army has trained leaders and individuals that can actually do things and take on any project to move forward with the objectives,” said Luis Fregoso, one of the many job seekers in attendance. He came to the job fair in search of a project manager position.
“About 85 percent of our employees are military or law enforcement background,” Sylvester Harris, an employer recruiting applicants.
Lawmakers looked at ways to better support women veterans, especially those who are homeless. At a hearing, panelists discussed how women veterans are the fastest growing population of homeless veterans, which has doubled since 2006. Job fairs connecting veterans aim to assist in helping those in search of work.
The event was for military spouses as well. Military spouses experience higher rates of unemployment than other adults, and federal data back up this claim. Events like this aim to make a difference.
There were an estimated 400 people that came to meet with dozens of employers.