FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- During the 10th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, the U.S. Army Reserve inked agreements with six companies and organizations Jan. 8.

These agreements help ease employment opportunities for America's Soldiers and veterans and help strengthen the community, support Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and their Families, and maintain a strong economy.

"We're thrilled to have these employers sign partnerships with the Reserve Components of the U.S. Army," said Brig. Gen. Leslie Purser, deputy chief, U.S. Army Reserve.

"These employers have jobs that match the skills our citizen-Soldiers earn in the military. They are important partners who will contribute to a Soldiers' continuum of career as well as a continuum of service. In addition, in today's economy, our citizen-Soldiers and their skills, leadership, talent, and dedication give a competitive edge to America's Employers in the global marketplace."

Employers who signed agreements in San Antonio include the Dallas Police Department, FMC Technologies, Navy Federal Credit Union, Paychex, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Textron.

The reserve components of the Army have signed partnership agreements with more than 800 employers across America since April 2008.

The program links Army reservists with civilian job opportunities in their military career field, and with employers who recognize and support their Army Reserve obligations. These partnerships develop staffing solutions to address the issue of workforce preparedness, and to secure and share the talents of trained professionals between the military and civilian employers in Soldiers' communities.