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  • Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Jobs fair for veterans to be held Nov. 12
    The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Thursday, Nov. 12.
    TWC’s fourth annual “Hiring Red, White & You!” statewide hiring fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills.

    The area fair will be held at Workforce Solutions Brazoa Valley, 3991 E. 29th St. in Bryan from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    There is no cost for veterans or employers.
    “Fewer things are more important than honoring our veterans,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “One of the best ways we can do this is by working with prospective employers to provide employment opportunities for our heroes.”
    The event is designed to assist veterans, service members and their spouses as they seek their next career opportunity.
    Over the past three years, “Hiring Red, White & You!” has connected more than 31,000 veterans with more than 4,700 employers.
    “Our veterans are highly-trained individuals who have the technical and professional skills employers need to boost their company’s performance,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar.
    The Texas Veterans Commission is preparing veterans for these hiring fairs by assisting them with applications and résumés, interviewing techniques, as well as one-on-one counseling services.
    “Through the training our military receive, veterans have acquired important skills that employers are seeking,” said TVC executive director Thomas Palladino. “This hiring event represents the importance of Texas employers working together to help our veterans who have served our nation as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”
    The national unemployment rate in 2014 for all veterans is 5.3 percent. In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military since September 2001, the unemployment rate is higher at 7.2 percent.
    There are 1.6 million total veterans throughout Texas, which is the second highest state population of veterans in the country.
    Employers who hire veterans may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which allows employers to receive up to $9,600 on federal business income or payroll tax benefits when they hire from certain qualified groups of veterans.