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Texas Workforce Commission celebrates Texas veterans for their service

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AUSTIN – In honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifice and service. The number of veterans in Texas is estimated to be 1.7 million, and an estimated 967,000 of these veterans are eligible for work. TWC encourages Texas employers to hire our veterans and take advantage of the unique talents, skills and discipline that our nation’s returning veterans provide in a variety of industries and occupations.

This Veterans Day offers us the opportunity to not only celebrate the courage of our veterans in Texas, and help employers learn the benefits of hiring veterans, but also to reaffirm our strong commitment to help propel our nation's heroes back into the workforce.

TWC encourages veterans to seek out the many programs and services offered by TWC and its Workforce Solutions partners to assist them as they transition to the civilian workforce. The leadership skills, teamwork and discipline that our veterans gain through military service translate well to the civilian workforce in fields ranging from engineering to medicine.

TWC is committed to working with its partners to assist transitioning veterans by providing priority service at all Workforce Solutions offices, job placement advantages and training through a variety of initiatives and programs just for veterans. In addition, employers hiring veterans may benefit from a federal tax reduction through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.

TWC invites Texas employers and veterans to participate in the Seventh Annual Hiring Red, White & You! (HRWY) statewide hiring events on Thursday, Nov. 8. TWC sponsors these events in partnership with 28 local workforce boards, the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Medical Center and Gov. Greg Abbott. These hiring events connect veterans and their spouses with employers across Texas who have job openings and wish to hire veterans to fill those jobs. Over 12,700 job seekers and over 1,800 employers attended the statewide HRWY job fairs in 2017. In the first six years, HRWY has connected more than 71,800 job seekers, including 36,200 active duty military and transitioning service members, veterans, and spouses, to 10,300 employers, with over 1,700 same-day hires.

Other TWC programs and services for veterans include:

Texas Operation Welcome Home

The Texas Operation Welcome Home website, texasworkforce.org/texas-operation-welcome-home, spotlights TWC’s Skills for Transition program that assists separating military service members who are seeking employment in the civilian workforce. The Texas Operation Welcome Home website also includes information about our “We Hire Vets” program that recognizes Texas employers for their commitment to hiring veterans.

Texas Veterans Leadership Program

TWC’s Texas Veterans Leadership Program helps connect veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to networks and resources tailored to address veterans’ needs ranging from employment and training to medical care, mental health and counseling, veterans' benefits and more. These connections are made through peer advisors known as Veterans Resource and Referral Specialists that are located throughout the state.

College Credit for Heroes

TWC’s College Credit for Heroes initiative allows veterans to apply the knowledge and experience gained in the military toward college credit, helping their transition into the civilian workforce. The program launched in 2011 with the goal of recognizing that veterans come equipped with knowledge and skills gained through military service that apply to the civilian workforce in many industries. To date, 48 colleges and universities have partnered with TWC on this initiative by awarding college credit and creating accelerated pathways to degrees and certificates in academic areas such as medical, security, energy, information technology, fire investigation and logistics.

Texas Skills to Work

TWC’s online military to civilian occupation translator, www.texasskillstowork.com, helps service members match military skills and experience to civilian occupations.

WorkInTexas.com

Veterans are given priority access to certain jobs on TWC’s comprehensive online employment resource, WorkInTexas.com. In addition, employers can post opportunities and request job applicants who are veterans.

Please join us in honoring our veterans on Veterans Day and every day. For a full list of veterans services visit: texasworkforce.org/veterans.

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