Christine Lee, Irving Reporter
A woman's mission to keep her military family together begins with a job search geared towards hiring heroes.
Hundreds of veterans looking for jobs attended a job expo in Las Colinas on Thursday.
Seventy companies from around the country were at the RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo at the Irving Convention Center to hire veterans and military spouses.
Veterans said they were grateful for the opportunity to meet many potential employers.
"There is some difficulty translating what you've done in the military and how companies can take advantage of it," veteran P.J. Preddy said.
Capital One announced a major partnership with the U.S Chamber of Commerce. The bank is a major sponsor of the Military Spouse Business Alliance, which focuses on the employment needs and challenges of military spouses.
Schollie Goodman, a veteran and military wife, left Dallas in 1993 when she joined the Air Force. She and her husband, Master Sgt. Anthony Goodman, have moved back to her hometown now that he is getting close to retirement.
But she said finding a job in her hometown hasn't been easy. The jobs that are available would mean splitting up the family of five again. In their 17-year marriage, he has been deployed six times.
"He is actually being recruited to work a contracting job overseas, which would be like him going on another deployment," Schollie Goodman said.
She said she is on a mission to keep her family together.
"I'm hoping I find something out here today that will allow ... no more moving and him being away from me and the kids," Goodman said.