PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Rico Burch has served in the Navy for 11 years. Now, he is transitioning to civilian life and looking for a new opportunity.
“Opportunity is opportunity, and the more that is available, the better,” said Burch.
The Players and the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition hosted the 11th annual Military Job Fair on Saturday. Hundreds of veterans, like Burch, had the chance to speak with nearly 30 companies about their next move.
“It’s a way to provide a path for people who have served their country to move on to the next chapter,” said co-chair Matt Tuohy.
“We have amazing, national companies like Boeing, Morgan Stanley, UPS, Amazon. We have a bunch of local companies, Synergy technology, CIT,” said organizer Bill Hickey.
Clay County officials even hired one veteran on the spot.
“We wanted to hire on the spot and we were able to do that with our HR and we were able to hire a man here as a construction manager for the county,” said Clay County Manager Howard Wanamaker.
Burch said he is interested in law enforcement but is open to all career fields.
“I have a background as an aviation technician so I’m hoping could transfer that over to the police force but there are tons of companies out here so I plan on looking into all of them,” said Burch.
Burch feels confident about his next move knowing there are so many companies willing to help military members.