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House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

Oversight Field Hearing “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


The hearing will highlight the employment opportunities for veterans in Texas, specifically demonstrating the fertile and versatile employer environments, hiring programs and educational oppurtunities 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.

Member Statement:

The Honorable Bill Flores

Witnesses and Testimony (forthcoming):

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

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