HOUSTON – A snip of a red ribbon, welcomed veterans and their families all hopeful to gain one thing at Minute Maid Park on Thursday.
“I hope to gain a job,” said one hopeful employee.
“I need a career,” said another.
The sixth annual Hiring Red, White, and You job fair looks to achieve that. The event focuses on getting thousands of men and women, who are looking for work, employed.
There were more than 150 potential employers on hand ready to give those like Jolene Ward’s sons, both Navy veterans, a chance.
“It’s really hard getting a job, since everything is fax or email your resume,” said Ward.
But at this event, you get up close with potential employers.
Motivated veterans like Willie Moss needed to get in line hours before the event.
“I can’t find nothing, waiting for someone to call me, so I’ve got to put forth the effort to do better for myself and my family,” Moss, an Army veteran who’s been out of work for several months now, said.
Helping these folks are hundreds of businesses around the Houston area – six of which were recognized by Mayor Sylvester Turner, who joined forces with Texas Workforce Commission Ruth Hughs, to do so.
Some veterans like Larry Jackson are thankful people recognize the hardships veterans often face.
“There are veterans right now that are homeless and sleeping on the street and things like that, so a whole lot needs to be done,” Jackson said.
Jackson happens to be a Harvey victim as well.
“We’ve been having such a hard time trying to re-establish ourselves,” he said.
And re-establishing, inside the field of dreams at Minute Maid Park, is just the push some of these folks need.
More than 4,000 thousand veterans and their families were expected to attend.
The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.