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Lufkin job fair benefits veterans and employers

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 East Texas employers honored the service of local veterans by participating in a job fair specifically to help them find jobs.

"Veterans, they don't ask for anything special they just want the opportunity to show what they can do," said Jon Bunn, Director of Contract and Programs, Work Force Solutions.

At the "Hiring Red, White and You" event veterans had the opportunity to network with 35 local employers.

The veterans looking for work aren't the only ones benefiting from the event, officials say veterans come with a large skill set that give them an edge in the work place.

"First and foremost they're going to be professional, they're going to be punctual, they're going to understand hard work and go above and beyond the call of duty and that's what our service men do on a day in and day out basis," said Roderick Williams, Director of Environmental Services, Woodland Heights Medical Center.

Officials say a good work ethic is not all employers will receive from veterans, they will also benefit financially.

"The state of Texas has financial incentives for employers that hire veterans but the federal government also has new programs giving tax credits," said Bunn.

 Woodland Heights Director of Environmental Services Roderick Williams is U.S. Marine Core veteran and knows first-hand the struggles of finding a job.    

He says job fairs give veterans one on one time with employers to get a better idea of how their job in the military corresponds with potential jobs in the real world.

"Its important for employers to come out and explain what we do and how those job skills can acclimate back in the real world," said Williams.

Officials say employers have much to gain because veterans know how to get the job done.    

"The quality of job ethic that these veterans have its not a hard sell for our employers," said Bunn

 Veterans who missed the job fair can contact the Texas Veteran Commission.

 A workforce representative can help with their job search and receiving other benefits.

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