Job Fair Caters To Vets, Families

Organizers Hope To Match Employers With Military Members

A job fair in Indianapolis on Thursday attracted hundreds of military veterans and members of their families who are searching for career opportunities.

The Recruit Military Opportunity Expo began at 11 a.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The free event was reserved only for veterans and their spouses, 6News' Julie Pursley reported.

The American Legion, Purple Heart Services and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network helped organize the event.

Organizers said the goal is to help recently returning troops, along with other veterans and service members get back into the flow of civilian life.

"I tried to do some National Guard active duty stuff, then that kind of runs out," said Aaron Hooten, an unemployed veteran. "I should at least be able to find a jobÂ….I think things like this are great for the veterans coming home."

Employers such as Prudential Insurance, the Internal Revenue Service,, Comcast, Allison Transmissions and others are looking for candidates to fill national, regional and local positions.

"They won't get hired today, but the process will start today," said John Lunderg, a retired Marine who helped put together the expo. "If they're not hiring, they're getting ready to hire. They want to fill the pipeline with some of the very best people they can find."

Amazon is looking to hire for about 2,000 seasonal jobs, and Allison has about 20 high-paying salaried positions open.

"What comes to mind first and foremost is the work ethic (of veterans), the integrity and the discipline that comes with someone who has been in the military," said Rocki Howard, Allison's manager of staffing. "

The job fair runs until 3 p.m. Attendees are not required to preregister.

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