Veterans job fair held in Long Beach

A job fair focused on veterans today is attracting former active duty military of all ages and backgrounds. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports from Long Beach.

A job fair focused on veterans today is attracting former active duty military of all ages and backgrounds. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports from Long Beach.

Brian Watt: The private company RecruitMilitary calls this event “Search and Employ.” A crowd of veterans lined up for the job fair at the Queen Mary hotel two hours before start time.

Some of them have kept their buzz cuts, others haven’t. All carried their resumes to offer recruiters from Lockheed Martin to Target to the LAPD.

Forty-six-year-old Gary Flores of Southgate worked in high-rise construction after the Army discharged him 20 years ago. Last year he had a stroke and he’s returned to school for more training.

Seventy-eight-year-old Bob Sotski served as a Navy petty officer in the Korean War and owned his own business for 30 years. He lost about half his retirement assets in the stock market, so he’s been looking for a new job since July.

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