Military job fair being held Saturday

By Chris Parenteau - Reporter
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Hundreds of military members will visit the Patriots Outpost at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday morning for the annual military job fair on the eve of The Players.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla - The Players is still a few days away, but the events surrounding the tournament are already beginning. The Players and the Jacksonville Military Coalition are partnering to give men and women in the military and their spouses the chance to meet with local companies looking to hire.

It's become an annual tradition at The Players. The tournament and the PGA Tour as a whole do a tremendous job of giving back, especially to the military. Last year, nearly 500 military men and women took part in the job fair. They expect more than that this year.

50 local companies, all looking to hire will have plenty of well qualified candidates looking to transition from the military into the civilian sector.

"It's just amazing that we can give back to them in this way because they do so much for us," said Players Chairman Andy Baggs.

This year, for the first time ever, the military job fair will also include the spouses of the military members.  Baggs says that it was very important for them to not forget all the sacrifices the spouses make.

"It's one of the many ways that The Playerscontinues to give back to the men and women in uniform," Baggs said.

"We wanted to encourage the spouses to come out here and find employment because they are a family and we want to support the family."

"Our military spouses serve this country as honorably as any of us in uniform do. They bring some great value to the community as well," said Capt. Wesley McCall, commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport.

McCall, says that the military members have many of the skills companies are looking for plus more. He says that having an event like this shows once again how much this area supports the military.

"This is the most military friendly community in the world. We show that all year long, not just this time of year around TPC week, but every day of the year," McCall said.

"It's magnificent to have that kind of support from the community."

In addition to the companies hiring, there will also be people at the job fair helping with resume writing, which McCall says is one of the hardest parts of making the transition from the military to the civilian sector.

The event goes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and is free to all active and retired military members and their spouses.

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