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Flores to Hold Field Hearing on Veterans Employment Opportunities in Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, will be holding an oversight field hearing at Baylor University on November 6th, entitled “Texas’ Innovative Approaches to Jobs and Employment for Veterans.” The hearing will highlight the employment opportunities for veterans in Texas, specifically demonstrating the fertile and versatile employer environments, hiring programs and educational opportunities that exist in the state.

The hearing will include participation from a diverse set of fields including higher education, technical training, private sector employers, entrepreneurs and government agencies. It will feature testimony from private sector companies regarding their successful business practices and outreach programs for veterans. Higher education representatives will be present to demonstrate how their veterans’ programs help with employment education and job placement. Additionally, the Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Workforce Commission will be present to highlight their programs geared towards veterans’ employment.


House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity oversight field hearing on “Texas’ Innovative Approaches to Jobs and Employment for Veterans.”


Wednesday, November 6, 2013
10:00 AM CT


Baylor University
Bill Daniel Student Center
Barfield Room
1311 S. 5th Street
Waco, TX 76798


Panel 1

Ms. Mary Thompson
Mr. Rooter LLC

Mr. David Amsden
Vice President Recruiting

Mr. Chris Burton
Store Manager
Home Depot

Mr. John Vizner
Facility Manager

Mr. Joseph Kopser

Panel 2

Dr. Janet Bagby
VETS Coordinator
Senior Lecturer
Department of Educational Psychology
Baylor University

Mrs. Kris Cervantes
Veterans Specialist
McLennan Community College

Mr. Rob Wolaver
Executive Vice President
Texas State Technical College

Colonel Gerald L. Smith
Director of Veteran Resource & Support Center
Texas A&M University
Panel 3

Mr. Shawn Deabay
Director, Veteran Employment Services
Texas Veterans Commission

Mr. Andres Alcantar
Texas Workforce Commission

The hearing is open to the public. Visit Flores.house.gov/VAEO for additional information, including written testimony from witnesses once it is made available.

Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, former energy executive, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.