Wounded & Transitioning Fort Riley Soldiers Meet With Potential Employers

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- More than 50 companies were at Fort Riley Tuesday, looking to provide career opportunities for wounded soldiers and troops getting ready to transition out of the military.

The 5th Annual "Hiring Heroes" job fair was held at Fort Riley's Conference from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Injured soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion were able to meet potential employers and take part in on-the-spot interviews.

The Warrior Transition Battalion is a unit designed to assist ill and injured Soldiers in recovering in order return back to their Army unit or transition them out of the Army into civilian life.

Companies included the Department of Defense and other federal, state and local agencies as well as private sector recruiters.

Representatives were looking to hire wounded, ill, injured and transitioning Soldiers and their spouses.

"For me, being the commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion, it helps my soldiers, even if they don’t get a job here, build their confidence that there are jobs out there for people with injuries both visible and invisible like they have, to know there are jobs and corporations willing to hire veterans with those kind of disabilities. And on top of that, there are some wonderful opportunities. Everybody that’s here today has some job openings and they’re hoping to fill them. They’re looking to hire veterans for their experiences and the training that they’ve received in the military. They find that veterans make very good employees because they’re well disciplined and dedicated to their organizations," said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Zielke.

"This is all part of our mission is to help them transition either back to their unit or into the civilian world as a veteran in their community so to see some of them find out that there are actually people out here willing to hire them, it’s just great to see that. They’re all upbeat and looking for jobs and getting ready to make this next big step and transition out of the military so this is great for them," he added.

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