DENISON, TEXAS -- Navy veteran John Lonnevik is one of the dozens of job-seeking veterans who took advantage of Thursday's Veterans Job Fair.
Lonnevik had a long career after his military service, but recently found himself unemployed and decided to go back to school.
"I'm going to school on the Veterans Administration's funding," Lonnevik said.
He graduates next month with an associates degree in applied science and is looking for an IT job.
"The job fair today is an outlet I'm hoping to take advantage of," Lonnevik said.
Nearly one million U.S. veterans are jobless, an alarming number that has encouraged companies like Walmart, AT&T and Home Depot to hire more of our heroes who have served.
"Veterans bring a lot to the job market because they've had a lot of specialized training in the military," Bob Rhoden with Texoma Workforce Solutions said.
Veteran Peggy Efird is seeking employment and supports the efforts companies are making to hire veterans.
"When they come home, it's a transition period when they get out of the service. You know, they need some help. So for companies to specifically to look for veterans to fulfill those needs I think is patriotic," Efird said.
Lonnevik says this job fair and those programs make him optimistic.
"Very good feeling about what I have learned, being able to put it to good use, and uh, I'm looking forward to re-entering the workforce," Lonnevik said.