Companies set up shop to hire our heroes

Military veterans crowd Minute Maid Park

HOUSTON - Dozens of companies and organizations set up shop at Minute Maid Park for a chance to hire military veterans from every branch.

Hundreds of military men and women stood in line at the park Thursday for a chance to apply for a job.

Mathew Ramirez went to both Iraq and Afghanistan twice in the past five years. Even with a frustrating job search, he said he's glad to be home.

"Its the only thing you think about. What makes you get through your day. When you hear 'incoming, incoming,' and you hit the floor, working on a plane in the middle of nowhere and you hear the sirens. It's a little bit scary so you are always thinking about coming home," said Ramirez.

Twins Mathew Daniel and Michael Daniel are both Marines, and they're also glad to be back together.

"We went for a period where we didn't see each other for about two and a half years. We went to boot camp together and split up shortly after that," Michael Daniel said.

Now, they're both searching for engineering jobs that will allow them to work in the same city.

"We hope at least 50 percent walk out with a job offer or at least an interview. We have companies doing on-site hiring today," said Mike Rolins with Recruit Military.

Navy veteran Derik Elizarraras was lucky enough to get one of those interviews right on the spot.

"Military brings to the table all the core value that corporate America wants and needs, including integrity and all the personal characteristics. That is why the clients are here to hire," added Rollins.

Company officials said the military brings to the table all the corps values that corporate America's wants and needs.

There will be another job fair for veterans in Houston on Dec. 9.

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