'Hiring our Heroes' job fair brings endless opportunity to city's veterans

KENS 5 Eyewitness News Reporter Priya Sridhar shows us more.

SAN ANTONIO - Joint Base San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston hosted a transition summit Wednesday and Thursday for military members who are retiring or leaving the service. 

The summit featured the Hiring Our Heroes career fair that featured more than fifty local and national employers.

Service members said that leaving the military can be a daunting prospect for many.

After 20 years in the Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Howard is getting ready to leave the military and transition into the civilian world. 

"It's like jumping in the deep end right here being in the military for 20 years you become a big fish in a little pond, but when you're jumping into that transition mode you become a small fish in a very large pond and you're trying to figure those things out," Howard said.

Howard came out to the Hiring Our Heroes career fair to explore his 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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