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Hundreds of job seekers take advantage of JBSA transition summit, job fair

By Steve Elliott and Priya Sridhar | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | July 17, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas --

Hundreds of military members preparing to leave the service or who have already left took advantage of a free transition summit and job fair at the Fort Sam Houston Community Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston July 12-13.

The summit featured the Hiring Our Heroes career fair that featured more than 50 local and national employers. Service members said that leaving the military can be a daunting prospect for many.

Over the two-day event, hundreds came out to the Hiring Our Heroes career fair to explore their options. Employers say that they see a special skill set in military members who oftentimes are entering the workforce after decades of service.

This past year 60 percent of Toyota's hires for skilled jobs at the San Antonio plant were veterans. 

"We know that hiring veterans you're going to have someone at work every single day that you need them so we specifically seek out veterans because of their reliability and their discipline," Albert Escamilla from Toyota said.

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