Plantation Job Fair Focuses on Veterans on 9/11

Brandon Coburn was one of the veterans who benefited from the fair

By Sharon Lawson
|  Thursday, Sep 12, 2013  |  Updated 3:18 AM EDT
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While Americans were remembering 9/11, a job fair was held in Broward County to help local veterans find employment. NBC 6's Sharon Lawson reports.

While Americans were remembering 9/11, a job fair was held in Broward County to help local veterans find employment. NBC 6's Sharon Lawson reports.

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While Americans were remembering 9/11, a job fair was held in Broward County to help local veterans find employment.

The job fair hosted by radio station WFTL was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Plantation Wednesday. The theme: "Putting America Back to Work."

Brandon Coburn once served in the U.S. Navy. During Wednesday's fair he was armed with the information he needed to move ahead in the civilian sector.

"I'm glad to see that they have the veterans and they're paying tribute to that, especially on 9/11. Pretty cool," said Coburn.

More than 30 companies were present. But one organization went the extra mile for those who've sacrificed so much.

"Seminole Gaming and Seminole Tribe of Florida are strong supporters of veterans," said Ashley Svarney, Seminole Hard Rock's public relations manager.

In 2010, Seminole Gaming launched a program called "Hire a Hero." To date, officials have hired 648 veterans in Florida.

"It's almost a no-brainer for us to reach out and assist these veterans who have volunteered and served our country. And, provide them with a career to really grow," Svarney said.

Seminole Gaming has 100 positions currently available at three of their South Florida gaming sites. Positions are available at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, and the Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood. For more information, see www.GoToWorkHappy.com.

The victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were remembered at many events in South Florida on Wednesday – including in North Miami, where city employees and elected officials held a brief program inside their commission chamber.

The service Wednesday evening included the presentation of the American flag by the police department's color guard.

Trumpet soloist Gabriel Colon said it's an honor for him to play taps at memorial services, especially on the anniversary of 9/11.

“I play it with feeling, with emotion and I wish it was never over,” he said. “I find it too short to honor such a solemn occasion and such honorable people.”

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