Annual Military Job Fair highlights need, value in hiring veterans

Hundreds of veterans turned out Saturday for the annual event at TPC Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Terrance Britt has spent the last 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He’s now a 38-year-old aviation ordnance man who is set to retire in July, and he’s looking for his next opportunity.

“I have been in the military my whole life, since high school, so whenever we retire, we have to transition from thinking like a military member to the civilian sector,” Britt said.

Britt was one of hundreds of active duty, veterans, military spouses and retirees who attended Saturday’s Military Job Fair at TPC Sawgrass. It was the 10th annual free event hosted by The Players and the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition.

“This is my first official job fair,” Britt said. “I have always been in the military since I graduated high school, so just trying to get that feel of what to do.”

Terrance Britt has served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. (Photo provided)

He said like many who have served our country and our transitioning to civilian life, all he really wants is a chance to prove himself.

The 18 companies at Saturday’s job fair are ready and committed to do just that. (See the full list below)

Bill Hickey, chairman of Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, said normally the event draws 50 companies but organizers opted to scale back because of COVID-19 to allow for social distancing.

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