Job Fair held in Texarkana for Veterans

Job Fair held in Texarkana for Veterans

These days, looking for a job, can be a job in itself.
These days, looking for a job, can be a job in itself.

Especially for those who've spent years doing other things, like fighting for our freedom.

But a special event was held to try and give local veterans a hand.

Veterans across Northeast Texas came dressed to impress at the 2nd annual Red, White and You Job Fair.

"I think some have a difficult time making the transition to the civilian workforce," said Bart Spivey.

More than 80 businesses were represented at the event.

Each official was ready to meet with some of our Nation's heroes.

"It's a good match for a lot of employers to have a veteran," Spivey said. "They have a lot to offer employers as far as their skill set and work ethic."

Alex Johnson Jr. served overseas in Okinawa, Japan.
But he says that was nothing compared to the job of finding work back home.

"When I first got out, it wasn't hard," said Johnson. "But once time had passed, it seemed to get harder. I haven't had a job since I injured myself on my last job."

The fair is meant to give those like Johnson a push in the right direction.

"It's been a productive day!" said Johnson. "I'm leaning more towards construction, technician type jobs."

For veterans, finding work isn't always easy.
But fairs like this show that they too can have a positive future.

"It's a small thing we can do for them for all they've done for us," said Spivey. "We're happy to have them out here and maybe, hopefully gain them employment."

This fair was one of 28 being held across the state.

For more information, visit www.netxworks.org or contact Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas at (903) 794-4163.
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