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Companies looking to hire veterans converge on Minute Maid Park

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Over the past few years we've seen it plenty of times - hundreds of Houston area veterans pitching their skills to dozens of prospective employers.

What loomed different at Minute Maid Park on April 4, 2013 was the tone.

Among job seekers there was far less frustration and far more of a genuinely optimistic feeling.

"Lot of opportunity out here, a lot of opportunity," said Jose Martinez, a 23 year old veteran of the U.S. Army.

Among the corporate recruiters there was plenty of representation from the S&P 500.

They were all mining the ex-military for discipline, skills and commitment.

"I think they are finding it's really a fantastic return on investment when you take in that veteran talent," said Scott Schearin of Recruit Military Inc.

"They are all coming back and they are all digging deeper in our resources," he added.

AutoNation's Ellie Figueroa reports her company has already hired twenty Houston area vets and is actively looking for more.

"They are very driven. Their etiquette is very polished. They transition very well into our auto industry," said Figueroa.

Prospects like U.S Army vet Katy Trejo. Ten months ago she dismissed the warnings of fellow soldiers.

"Don't get out. It's going to be so hard for you to get a job. There's no jobs out there," recalls Trejo.

But now Katy's confidant she made the right call.

"I did my four years, got trained. I'm going to school now. I'm about to graduate with a bachelors degree, so I feel like I'm ready. I'm ready to get a job," said Trejo who was a communication technology specialist in the Army.

Unlike other veteran hiring events in past years, employers gladly accepted paper resumes and some even conducted interviews on the spot.

Having served the nation in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, Kia Brown says it's high time for some hiring.

"We are detail oriented and I know some of these big companies look for these skills so to see them out here recruiting is very encouraging and positive for us," said Brown.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unemployment among those who served in the military after the 9/11 attacks has fallen to 9.9 percent, a drop of 2.2 percent in a year's time.

 

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