Hiring Heroes Career Fair
Bill Abel, a recruiter with the Texas Highway Patrol, discusses job opportunities with retired Pfc. George Nkonge Sept. 22 during the Hiring Heroes Career Fair at the Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Hoston.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- About 400 job seekers braved the rain Sept. 22 to attend the Hiring Heroes Career Fair at the Sam Houston Club.

The Hiring Heroes program was established in 2004 to help wounded service members and their Family members find employment opportunities.

"We are so well received when we come to San Antonio and the support on the installation is incredible," said Carin Otero, director of the Recruitment Assistance Division, Department of Defense Civilian Personal Management Service.

"We have an assortment of federal agencies, whether it's DoD or other federal agencies and the private sector," Otero said. "The agencies do a lot on the spot interviews and then follow up." A resume writing workshop was also held Sept. 21 which about 100 job seekers attended. Volunteers were also on hand during the career fair to help attendees prepare their resume.

Spc. Domien Bunting, a wounded warrior from Brooke Army Medical Center, attended both the resume writing workshop and the career fair.
"I'm looking for a job in information technology," Bunting said. "I think this is a good opportunity to meet prospective employers."

"I have been to the last three (Hiring Heroes) career fairs here," said Bill Abel, a recruiter with the Texas Highway Patrol. "We recruit a lot of veterans to become state troopers and to fill other positions within the department."

"It's definitely worthwhile for veterans to attend these career fairs," said Abel.

"When we were here in March there were 68 job offers for attendees," said Otero.

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