Houston – (June 20, 2012) – As part of an initiative to hire more veterans, the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and its member institutions will host a job fair for veterans and spouses of deceased veterans on Thursday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hornberger Conference Center, 2151 W. Holcombe Blvd.
TMC employers, in partnership with Lone Star Veterans Association, are seeking qualified candidates for careers in a variety of fields including administrative support, allied health, education, maintenance, finance, food service, information technology, laboratory technology, nursing, research, security, logistics and transportation.
Representatives from more than a dozen institutions will accept resumes and applications and conduct interviews at the hiring event.
“Veterans have training and skills that translate in the health care setting,” said Richard Wainerdi, Ph.D., Texas Medical Center president and CEO. “We want to remove roadblocks to employment for veterans and offer them job opportunities.”
There are more than 90,000 jobs among the hospitals, clinics, universities and research centers in the Texas Medical Center. And at any given time, there are hundreds of job openings for qualified individuals who would like to make a difference in their community by considering a career in health care.
While job opportunities exist, recent Department of Labor statistics place the current unemployment rate among veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan at more than 12 percent - higher than the national unemployment average of 8.5 percent. Hardest hit are the youngest veterans ages 18-24, who are burdened with a staggering 30 percent unemployment rate – more than twice the national unemployment rate for civilians in the same age group.
COL John Holcomb, M.D., a trauma surgeon at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, said nearly one in 12 of our nation’s heroes can’t find a job to support their families and don’t have work that provides them with the confidence and pride that is so critical to their transition home.
“Our service members who fight to protect our freedoms abroad shouldn’t have to fight for jobs when they return home,” said Holcomb, a retired Army Colonel, veteran and founding member of the TMC’s “Hiring: Red, White & You!” campaign.
The TMC-wide veterans hiring initiative was launched earlier this year, and already member institutions have worked in earnest to hire veterans.
“Through the collaborative effort of our healthcare and educational institutions, we are improving the hiring process for veterans by translating military terms into business language, looking for ways to give college credit for military experience, and identifying veteran applicants for immediate interviews,” said Patricia Mitchell, Texas Medical Center senior vice president.
For more information, visit www.HiringRedWhiteandYouVeteransEvent.com.
About the Texas Medical Center: Founded in 1945, the Texas Medical Center has grown to become the largest medical complex in the world. It is composed of 52 member institutions in Houston and Galveston. Half of the member institutions are agencies of government: federal, state, county, city and HISD and the other half are private not-for-profit institutions. The goal of the Texas Medical Center institutions is to improve the health status of people through research, education, patient care and prevention. For more information, visit www.tmc.edu
About the Lone Star Veterans Association: The Lone Star Veterans Association is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting returning veterans and their families in making a successful transition from the military to civilian world. Founded by veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, they provide career transition, social programs, peer mentoring, PTSD support, family events, community service projects, and advocacy on behalf of the Post 9/11 military generation. The Lone Star Veterans Association operates in the Greater Houston Area and is the largest Iraq and Afghanistan veteran organization in the state of Texas. For more information, visit www.LoneStarVeterans.org.
Public affairs specialist, Texas Medical Center
Brian M. Wilson
Communications director, Lone Star Veterans Association
Director of media relations, UTHealth
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