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Hiring event seeks to get vets back to work

The Red, White and You hiring event was held Thursday to help get Lubbock veterans back in the workforce. 153 veterans gathered at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza on the South Loop from 10 to 2. 

Gene Messer Auto Group was one of the 60 employers that took part in Red, White and You. Human Resource Manager, Bryan Hiler says this is the least they can do for these brave men and women.

"They've done so much for our country and for us. I'm actually married to a veteran and I could go on and on about the reasons we need to help our veterans," Hiler says.

Hiler's goal was to hire as many veterans as possible at the event.

"Veterans make some of the best employees. They have the best work ethic, they have the best attitude towards life and they're some of the best people here in America," Hiler says.

Former Marine, Tracy Siegfried believes that's because of the extensive training they go through in the military.

"It's more like the real-life experience that you get. You don't take things for granted, because you have to work for what you get," Siegfried says.

Siegfried, who left the Marines last month, says he's been blown away by the support the Hub City gives veterans.

"It's definitely helpful. The amount of help the veterans get out here is unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it. It's good to know you can come out and find jobs," Siegfried said.

That's exactly why this event was held, to help out the men and women who have fought for the freedom's we have today.

For more information on the jobs offered at the event, go to www.spworkforce.org

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