Career Fair Connects Military Spouses and Severely Injured Servicemembers to Jobs


Vince Patton,'s Director of Community Outreach and a Hiring Heroes conference attendee.
There are two important talent pools businesses often overlook: disabled veterans and military spouses. Some businesses may feel uncomfortable recruiting and accommodating disabled veterans. And, some employers may not hire a military spouse that could relocate at any time.

But there are a few enterprising businesses that are actively looking to hire disabled veterans and military spouses because of their skills, work ethic, and "can-do" attitudes. The trick is to connect employers with these job seekers. Fortunately, the "Hiring Heroes Career Fair" - held in Ft. Bragg, N.C. on Jan. 30 - helped unite employers to veterans and spouses.

Employers from the federal government and private sector came to the "Hiring Heroes Career Fair" to meet military spouses and severely injured job seekers looking for work outside of the military.

"The goal is to get soldiers to make contacts with companies in the area and outside of the state," says Cherry Thompson an employment readiness program manager at Ft. Bragg.

"[And servicemembers] were given the opportunity to network with employers that were looking for specialized skills that soliders obtain during their time of service," adds Trisha Thurston an installation family member program coordinator.

The career fair featured companies from all over the country, such as Lockheed Martin, Remax, Ceridian/MilitaryOneSource, and IBM just to name a few. Three hundred attendees participated in the fair and nearly of half the attendees were soldiers.

The fair exemplifies the Department of Defense, and's commitment to further servicemembers' job prospects and networking opportunities once they leave the military.

"Employers were contacted about appearing at the conference. And that shows that there are employers that will hire severely injured servicemembers," Thompson says.

It's important to note that severely injured servicemembers should not be discouraged by a disability. Most employers still search for talented, experienced veterans, and a disability should not factor into the employer's decision.

"Life doesn't end after the military, and if you were injured during the service, life doesn't end there either," Thompson adds.

Employment opportunities exist for disabled veterans and military spouses. Employers just need to connect with this talented pool of job seekers.

For networking opportunities or to search for employment, visit's Veteran Career Network. Military spouses can find employment opportunities, job hunting tips and much more at

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