Military spouses attend hiring fair on Fort Hood

Posted: 6:11 PM, Dec 08, 2016
Updated: 2018-11-03 19:19:43Z
Military spouses attend hiring fair on Fort Hood

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a job fair today on Fort Hood. 

Hiring Our Heroes is a national organization that focuses on helping spouses of military personnel overcome the hardships that come with being uprooted. 

"Every time we move, I have to sort of start over and sometimes it's a very entry level position. Having a bachelor's degree and a master's kind of defeats all of your accomplishments education wise," Sylvia Salas-Brown, the wife of Capt. Sterling Brown, said.

For Tom Banner, husband of Capt. Sandra Lynn Banner, and many others, finding a job is not as simple as just finishing school.

"It's difficult, it truly is. All the time and effort I've put in to getting my education everyone says oh it's simple you should get that. And it's not anywhere near that at all," Banner said. 

Thursday's hiring fair attracted about 150 military spouses and retired veterans who were looking for a job from one of the many employers that attended the event. 

"I'm definitely grateful that this job fair is here because sometimes we get forgotten a little bit. And so it's good to see that they support not only the service members but their families," Salas-Brown said.

"It helps overall morale across the services. And it makes for better dynamic when you have the support at home, people are supporting your spouse and you are overseas you know defending your country so.... it's a win win for everyone," Salas-Brown added.

There will be more hiring fairs on Fort Hood in 2017. 

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