The Texas Workforce Commission, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host veterans job fairs statewide on Nov. 14. TWC’s second annual Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is an initiative to connect returning veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.

The Texas Workforce Commission, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host veterans job fairs statewide on Nov. 14. TWC’s second annual Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is an initiative to connect returning veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.


Workforce Solutions Texoma’s event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grayson College main campus in Denison.


"The Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is one way we can thank Texas’ veterans for their service to our nation," said Gov. Rick Perry. "We want to do everything in our power to help our heroes utilize their skills to build a career in Texas, and connect employers with these talented and experienced individuals to fill open job opportunities."


Hiring Red White & You! jobs fairs are designed to help veterans and their spouses connect with their next career opportunity. Employers may participate at no cost and can contact Workforce Solutions Texoma at 903-957-7408 for mor information. Last year’s job fairs attracted more than 12,000 veterans and 1,400 employers statewide, and resulted in approximately 2,800 hires by participating employers.


"Military veterans possess the skills, discipline and leadership experience that are ideally suited to employers in need of a ready workforce," said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. "The Hiring Red, White & You! statewide employment effort connects veterans with employment and helps them successfully transition to the civilian labor force."


The Texas Veterans Commission is preparing veterans for these events by conducting workshops across the state. These workshops are designed to assist veterans with applications, résumé assistance, interviewing techniques, as well as one-on-one counseling services.


"Hiring Veterans is not just good will, but it is great for business," said Thomas Palladino, the Texas Veterans Commission executive director. "Events like these are just another example of how our state government partners with the private sector to ensure that veterans and their families obtain long-time meaningful employment."


The national unemployment rate for all veterans is 6.2 percent, according to August data from the Bureau of Labor Statitics. In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military post 9/11, the unemployment rate is higher at 10 percent, the BLS says.


"Military veterans have many skills and credentials qualifying them for work in a variety of occupations," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "These job fairs are a great chance for veterans to expand their network and gain faster entry into rewarding careers in Texas. I also encourage our veterans to take advantage of services available at Workforce Solutions offices across the state."


Among other benefits of hiring veterans, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit allows employers to receive up to a $9,600 tax credit on federal business income or payroll tax benefits when they hire a qualifying veteran.


"The Hiring Red, White, & You! event benefits both our Texas veterans and employers," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "Our highly-skilled veterans can start their civilian careers and our employers are matched with the skilled workers they have been looking for. We encourage Texas employers to participate in this great event."


Information on how employers and job seekers can participate in Hiring Red, White & You! job fairs may be found at http://www.texasworkforce.org/hrwy.