On Nov. 8, the 2018 Hiring Red, White, and You! Job Fair will be held simultaneously in 29 cities throughout the state of Texas. Two local cities, Brownsville and Mission, will host the veterans hiring fair, connecting veterans and their spouses with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills.
The Cameron County fair takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brownsille Event Center, 1 Event Center. Mission is host to the Lower Rio Grande Valley event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Road. The seventh annual event is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission.
“There is still more we must do to make sure every veteran returning home receives the support they need to re-enter civilian life and enjoy the freedoms they have fought so hard to secure,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Greater economic opportunity for our veterans begins with employment deserving of their skills, dedication and drive. I encourage employers in Texas to attend a Hiring, Red, White & You! event on Nov. 8.”
The event assists veterans, service members and their spouses as they seek their next career opportunity. Employers participate at no cost and are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions Office for more information. Over the past six years, Hiring Red, White & You! has connected more than 71,800 veterans with over 10,300 employers.
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.
“Veterans bring experience, skills and leadership abilities that will strengthen any business. Veteran employment programs and events like Hiring Red, White & You! are extremely beneficial to all Texans,” said Texas Veterans Commission Chairman Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr. “Our veterans deserve the opportunity to experience the same pride and purpose they had while serving.”
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.
“There are so many great reasons for Texas employers to recruit and hire veterans, from their unsurpassed commitment to country, family, and community to their exceptionally high level of leadership, integrity, and training,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “We are completely committed to supporting the needs of veterans as they transition from service or as they look to advance their careers in an exciting Texas industry and I thank our 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission for their valuable partnership in these events.”
Information on how employers and job seekers can participate in Hiring Red, White & You! hiring fairs may be found at texasworkforce.org/hrwy. For more information on the Brownsville event, contact Sally Perez at 956-548-6700, ext. 4516, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the Mission event is available by contacting Joshua Vasquez at 956-928-5000 or email@example.com.