JOINT SERVICES SUPPORT, J9 DIRECTORATEGreat Success at Hire America’s Heroes Career FairBy Gary LottThe stands in Century Link Field may have been empty but the halls were filledwith a roar from job-seeking veterans. With the large number of soldiers returningfrom Iraq and Afghanistan, focus on Veteran employment for Washington Stateservice members is at an all time high.Last Friday, Century Link Field played host to the Hire America’s Heroes CareerFair, which saw over 1,000 attendees, most of whom were veterans.More than 40 employers, including Boeing, Comcast, Amazon, Microsoft werepresent and the Washington National Guard Veterans worked with the JointServices Support(JSS) Employment Transition Coaches prior to attending to perfecttheir resumes and prepare for interviews.In addition to employers, the Career Fair also held numerous presentations,activities and exhibitors on topics ranging from the Transition Assistance Program(TAP) to careers in operations, logistics and customer service. Over 140 Active Duty, Reserves and Guardsmen received free transportation from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Century Link Field in hopes of finding a career. While at the Career Fair Army members held a noon-time rally standing in formation while Liberty High School NJROTC Color Guard students presented the colors. These service members asked onlookers to join along while they sang the official song of The United States Army, “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” Big names like State Command Sergeant Major of the Washington National Guard, Bob Sweeney, John Lee theWashington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director and visiting from Washington D.C., Junior Ortiz the DeputyAssistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) allmade their presence known in supporting Washington State’s veterans.The Seattle Seahawks showed their support for America’s Heroes with offensiveguard, John Moffitt and UW alumnus and Seahawk cornerback, Roy Lewisspeaking and signing autographs during the ceremony.Although many Soldiers are returning from the war to an unclear future, one thingis certain; their community is ready to help with the difficult transition they face. This article is being presented by the WA National Guard Joint Services Support Directorate benefiting Soldiers, Airmen, Veterans and their Families.