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Hundreds of veterans meet employers at military job fair in Jacksonville

Recruit Military hosted a job fair at TIAA Bank Field with more than 60 different companies looking to hire veterans and family members of veterans.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — They spent years serving our country and now they're looking for their next career. 

On Thursday morning there was a job fair for hundreds of veterans and their family members at TIAA Bank Field. 

Members of the military attended to show that the skills they learned serving our country could translate to the civilian world.

After a brief orientation it was time for veterans to do what they've done for years; march to the next mission.

This event gave the chance for the military family to meet with dozens of perspective employers who are interested in hiring mission-focused employees.

Angelo Warnock is active duty with the Navy but plans to retire after 20 years of service later this year.

"I have an aviation background, aviation maintenance background," said Warnock. "But I'm not closing the door to anybody who's here today."

Sixty total companies were present from manufacturers of paper products to municipal organizations and everything in between. Event director Anthony Wagner said prior military members bring a wealth of experience.

"We talk a lot about hard and soft skills, for our veterans, not only are they bringing hard skills of things they were trained to do while in the military," said Wagner. "They learn a lot about leadership, a lot about being a team player and the ability to join a completely different organization and automatically be a culture fit."

As Warnock continues to meet prospective employers he hopes his current career as a lead avionic supervisor of an unmanned patrol squadron at Naval Station Mayport translates to his next career.

"That's what I'm here trying to find is just an opportunity for a company that can utilize all of the things that I've worked hard for the last 20 years," said Warnock. "Fuse that into what they're trying to accomplish, I'm excited to see what's out here."

Dozens of companies are ready to hire members of the military with skill sets like his.

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