VA North Texas Health Care System
CWT Helps Veterans Get Back to Work
Finding employment for Veterans in recovery is a passion for VA North Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Walter Hall. Seeing a gap in available jobs and those that Veterans could secure and maintain, Hall reached out to Texas Veterans Commission and Employment Liaison Robert Newsome for help. Together, they developed an idea for job fairs specifically tailored for Veterans and their skill sets.
Sean E. Jones served four years as an Air Force Security Specialist. Laid off and unemployed in 2016, he was volunteering at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Fort Worth when he heard about a Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Job Fair on Jan. 26, 2017. Sean came prepared, dressed in business casual with a prepared resume and 30-second commercial introduction.
At the event he met Mike Strickland, Senior Branch Manager of Weiser Security Services Inc. With a strong commitment to hire Veterans first, Mike was impressed by Sean's presentation and invited him to interview two days later. Mike explained the growth plan and salary and extended Sean a job offer that same day. After 2 months as a Regular Officer with Weiser Security Services Inc., Sean was offered a Site Supervisor position because of his work ethic and ability to quickly absorb knowledge. After seven months, he was offered the position of Account Manager and now manages 10 accounts and 55 personnel. With 14 semester hours to go, Sean will soon complete his Bachelor's degree in Psychology.