Released by Gov. Rick Perry

EL PASO – Gov. Rick Perry is encouraging Texas employers to tap into the knowledge and skills veterans bring back from service through the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) and Texas Medical Center’s Hiring Red, White & You! campaign, which connects veterans with employers and job opportunities in Texas. The governor today is meeting with troops stationed at Fort Bliss, and thanked them for their selfless service to protect freedom around the world.

“The talent and experiences our veterans bring back from their service in the military are an important, and, all too often, untapped resource for our communities,” Gov. Perry said. “The Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is a great opportunity to help veterans utilize their skills to get a job in Texas, and help employers find talented and experienced individuals to fill open job opportunities.”

TWC is partnering with its 28 local workforce development board areas and the Texas Veterans Commission to host veterans’ job fairs across the state on November 15. The governor and Dr. James H. “Red” Duke, a Texas Medical Center surgeon and professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, have created a public service announcement highlighting Hiring Red, White & You!

“The statewide job fair event seeks to connect Texas veterans with Texas employers who value the skills, experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “These job fairs will feature an unprecedented statewide employment effort aimed at making the transition of our veterans to the civilian labor force a successful one. I also encourage our veterans to take advantage of the services available to them at Workforce Solutions offices across the state.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of September, while veterans nationwide have an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, those who served in the military post 9/11 have an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent.

“Events like this showcase the partnerships and dedication to veterans across state government to ensure that veterans in Texas receive all benefits to which they are entitled,” Texas Veterans Commission Executive Director Thomas Palladino said.