Veterans Flock to Miami Marlins Job Fair

The Marlins team is looking to fill 1,000 positions from minimum wage to executive jobs.

By Betty Yu
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:52 PM EDT
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Dozens of veterans came to a job fair the Miami Marlins held for them at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium Wednesday. Veteran Joseph Moncada, who served with the artillery unit in the U.S Army, has been looking for work since June.

Dozens of veterans came to a job fair the Miami Marlins held for them at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium Wednesday. Veteran Joseph Moncada, who served with the artillery unit in the U.S Army, has been looking for work since June.

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Veteran Joseph Moncada, who served with the artillery unit in the U.S Army, has been looking for work since June.

"Probably six hours on a computer everyday looking, making phone calls," he said.

He was among veterans who came by the dozens to the Miami Marlins job fair for veterans at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

Moncada left the military in 1975 and worked as a welder for 20 years until he says manufacturing jobs dried up last year.

Col. Tony Colmenares helped organize the job fair through the American Red Cross.

"Most veterans like myself are not looking for America to hand anything to us. We feel that we've served this country honorably, in defense of this nation and all we look for is an opportunity," he said.

The Marlins team is looking to fill 1,000 positions from minimum wage to executive jobs.

"We are very appreciative to veterans their hard work and commitment to our country," said Director of Business Communications for the Miami Marlins Carolina Perrina.

She says at least 500 veterans turned out at the fair.

Moncado is hoping to land a job with event security staff.

"I'm pleased the way it's going, because I like to deal with people," he added.

Whatever job it may turn out be, it's one he'll take great pride in.

"If I have to sell hot dogs in the concessions I'd be more than happy. I'll put on a Marlins hat and big smile and let's go."

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