Veteran Job Expo gives visitors connections, new experiences

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Thousands of veterans walked around Veteran Job Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Tommy Webb was one of them.

"I'm just looking for something to augment my income a little bit from my retirement," said Tommy Webb, who is a veteran looking for a job.

Webb was in the Marine Corps for 26 years.

"It's the best experience I've ever had," said Webb.

After a year of retirement, Webb's ready to work.

"The main reason I retired, instead of stick around another 4 years, I just want to be with my 10-year-old son John and 6-year-old daughter Natalie," said Webb.

Webb said his kids come first, so he's looking for a part-time job.
He said he loves to help people.

"I'd love to find something in that area, but I'm open to all different kinds of things too," said Webb.

The Veteran Job Expo in Knoxville is in its 8th year and has dozens of companies for veterans to connect with.

"We just want to give back to the veterans since they've given to us," said Steve Stilts with the Tennessee Veterans Business Association.

For Tommy, he filled out job applications, but organizers said you don't have to fill out any, you can just network.

"I think we need more things like this to help out of our veterans," said Webb. "If it weren't for veterans, we wouldn't be able to do anything we want to do."

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