The Texas Workforce Commission recently launched its Texas Operation Welcome Home web portal to better meet the employment needs of transitioning service members and recently separated veterans and military spouses. The portal includes information and web links to several employment and training initiatives for veterans and employers.

According to the Press Release, “The service members transitioning back to the civilian workforce and our Texas veterans are an extremely valuable source of talent for Texas employers,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We are proud to provide information and resources to Texas veterans seeking opportunities in industries across Texas, as well as to the employers who benefit from their unmatched leadership and skills.”

The web portal includes online registration for the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program that recognizes Texas employers for their commitment to hiring veterans. Through the program, employers whose workforce is composed of at least 10 percent military veterans are eligible to receive a “We Hire Vets” employer recognition decal to display on the employer’s storefront as well as an electronic decal to display on the employer’s website.

“We’ve had tremendous response from employers inquiring about and registering for the We Hire Vets program,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “With our Texas Operation Welcome Home webpage, we will continue our efforts to connect employers with veterans and their family members who are seeking employment.”

Employers interested in the “We Hire Vets” program can register online. Since the program’s launch, 47 businesses have been nominated as “We Hire Vets” employers. JVIC Catalyst Services LLC is a “We Hire Vets” participant and recently extended 36 job offers to veterans. Starting wages for the jobs are $23 an hour.

For more details on the "We Hire Vets" employer program, click on the Texas Workforce Commission website.

Texas Veterans looking for these work programs and other assistance, go to Texas Operation Welcome Home.