Before Kristen Frazier was working here at UT Health Sciences Center, she was a medic sweating it out in Iraq. After leaving the army in 2008, she had a job, tried a career change, then wanted to get back into the health field. She hit roadblocks. One day, while googling for jobs, she stumbled across the "Red White and You" website. She signed up. "It's not hard. There's not a lot of paperwork like there typically is in the military. You get on the computer, register and get linked to as many jobs as the hospitals have available."
In January 2012 the Medical Center decided to actively recruit vets. hey didn't just pay lip service to it. As of this April they had hired 1,039 vets like Kristen. One of the key driving forces behind it is legendary surgeon Dr. James "Red" Duke.. himself a Korean War vet. He says vets have skills, discipline, abilities and mission-oriented mindset that make them ideal employees. Although institutions in the medical center have hired a lot, they're not done yet.
"I don't worry about targets.. I'll take all I can get and a few more." says Dr. Duke.
One way they are hoping to attract more is through a job fair Wednesday... Iraq vet Brian Wilson, one of the first actually hired under the initiative, says they're looking for all types.
"A lot of people will think "I'm not a nurse.. I'm not a doctor they're nothing at the job fair for me." But we're reaching out to anyone who wants to be a professional in the medical center."
He says bring a resume, dress professionally and maybe research some of the companies before going. It might not be a bad idea to bring your discharge papers either. He says treat it like a mission. It can pay off. After applying Frazier found herself in her new job very quickly..
"This is my second week. I'm brand new."
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