Local services help Texoma veterans

By: Jennifer Sanders Email
By: Jennifer Sanders Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS - Troops from all across the country are returning home marking the end of the war in Iraq. But many of those servicemen and women who leave the military are struggling to find work and can't even provide for their families.

While many soldiers are returning to families and friends, others are leaving the military to transition into the civilian world. But they are finding that life as a veteran is not as easy as they thought.

"The transition was difficult because I didn't have the extensive civilian network I had while I was in the military," said Kent Briley.

Kent Briley spent 22 years in the Army.
He's been all over the globe and had nine deployments, he's even received a bronze star for his stellar service.
But after he retired, the man who put his life on the line for our country, found himself working odd jobs just to make ends meet.

"It was frustrating at times looking for a job because this is the day in age of electronics and I grew up in the phone call and the face-to-face and a handshake," said Briley.

For nearly a year he searched for work.
And just an hour before our interview he got a job with Presco in Sherman.

"They gave me the opportunity I needed to get my foot in the door to start working for a company," said Briley.

But there are still hundreds of unemployed Texoma vets.
And Officer James Petty is working around the clock to reduce those numbers.

"There are two Texas Veterans Commission representatives that their sole job is to help veterans find jobs and I have resources at the Veteran Services office that can help to that end also," said Petty.

Petty helps jump start the benefits process for veterans.
While members of the Texas Veterans Commission offer training and dozens of job opportunities for vets around Texoma, which helped people like Briley get back on his feet.

"I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to get back in the workforce and just to be a productive member of a winning team," said Briley.

For more information for employment visit: http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ or call Mr. Hall at 903-463-9997

You can also contact Grayson County Veteran Services at 903.813.4254.

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