MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Marvin Streeter was determined to get a job. Along with more than 650 military veterans and their families, Streeter boarded the USS Yorktown with resume in hand, looking for employment. After 24 months of waiting, the Air Force vet flew into a new career.
"I've been searching for a job for 2 years," said Streeter. "It's the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with."
Streeter walked in and started going down each row of businesses. 85 employers had their eyes out for possible workers but Streeter didn't know that the business that wanted him was watching him much more closely.
In less than an hour into casual interviews with companies, Streeter was tapped on the shoulder by Jason Myers, who owns Ikon financial group on the Isle of Palms.
"I can't believe somebody hadn't picked him up," said Myers.
After an interview, Streeter was hired on the spot. One of four veterans hired that way during the four hour job fair.
"One of the hardest things is leaving that military life," said Tonya Lobbestael, public affairs officer at the Ralph H. Johnson Medical center. Lobbestael said cases like Streeter's are all too common.
"The real goal today is to help our veterans move forward into successful lives so they can become part of this community and really contribute and live the type of life they want to live," she said.
Lobbestael said since 9/11, 28% of veterans returning home from combat are unable to hold down jobs for a myriad of reasons.
For Streeter it took two years, but the Air Force vet says it was worth the wait.
"It's was hard to get away from that lifestyle. To transition to back to the civilian world, it was tough," said Streeter. "Monday morning starts training. Paid training. So I'm thankful."
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center hosted the free event that was sponsored by The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
The RiverDogs will also be giving away tickets to their Military Appreciation Night to all the vets who attend today's job fair.