Job fair hoping to hire America's heroes

Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 19:34:22-04

TULSA, Okla. -- America's heroes for hire met dozens of employers ready to hire them Thursday.

It was all part of one of Tulsa's biggest veteran job fairs that 2 Works for You and our parent company, Scripps, proudly sponsored.

“I'm looking forward to meet more people and getting in the industry and getting my leadership and skills and helping Oklahoma out,” said veteran Kenneth Kraus.

You could call Kraus the new kid on the block.

He just moved here from Atlanta.

“To me, it's like a kid in a candy store,” he said.

But Kraus is a former Marine, private investigator and forensic detective that's looking to transform himself once again.

“With the years left in my life, I want to do something else,” he said. “I took it as a challenge to come back out here and say let's try something new.”

Hundreds of local veterans are just like him...searching for a new job.

But it's not a one-sided hunt for hire.

Folks on the other side of the booth are on a search of their own...hoping to benefit from the high standards of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“We want to have quality people in those roles and we just know that military...going from a military job to a job outside is a very good transition,” said Tracey Young with ConAgra Foods.

Young says she's looking for that spark of quality that's sometimes overlooked.

“I'm actually a child of the military, I know what that struggle can be like and wanting to be that outreach for veterans to help them so it makes us feel really good to be able to do that,” she said.

Each employer is reachable through Recruit Military and DAV...creating an atmosphere of success for those who are tackling a new mission of entering civilian life.

“I know I'm going to get a job. I know someone's going to offer me an opportunity that I like and that I can excel at. I'll just stay positive,” said Kraus.

To see a complete list of employers at Thursday's job fair, go to