Unemployed vet hopes education can put him on road to success

Oscar Rojas hopes education can put him on the right path

Oscar Rojas is an unemployed veteran with two children and a third on the way.

He joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating from Harlingen High School. He knew he wanted to defend his country after 911.

Rojas served in the Marines for four years, including one tour in Iraq on 2004. In 2006 he was honorably discharged.0

Rojas says he wanted to spend more time with his family and didn TMt expect it was going to be hard to get a job. However, seven years later he realizes that wasn TMt the case.

I should have stayed but something was telling me to go back home, Rojas says. I think it would have been a lot better if I TMve stayed in.

He says the government hasn TMt been much help not only to him but other veterans. The only help Rojas has been receiving is for his PTSD and V.A. Benefits but that isn TMt enough to provide for his family.

He currently lives with his pregnant girlfriend. His two children live with his ex-wife. Due to his unemployment for the past eight months he can TMt pay child support.

I can TMt send them what they deserve or what they need, Rojas says.

Since leaving the Marines he has worked in call centers and coffee shops but left because he wanted to be in a place where he could use the skill sets he gained in the Marines.

Never to give up just keep striding forward, you know something is going to come up, Rojas says.It TMs always getting the job done at a timely manner and efficiently.

After the Marines, Rojas attended Kaplan College, where he got a degree in heating ventilation and air conditioning.

Before that, he went to Southern Career Institute where he studied to become a medical assistant.

However, to get certified he needs to take a test that he can TMt pay for.

Throughout his job search, Rojas has been getting help from Texas Workforce Solutions- an agency whose purpose is to help people get a job or a better one.

"We out reached strategically to employers to where the positions that they have open at this time are ideal for veterans to apply for, Maria Sosa, program manager at the Texas Workforce Solutions, says.

On November 14th Texas Workforce Solutions will be having their 2nd annual "Red, White and You" job fair, aimed at veterans.

The event will include manufacturing, health, security and hospitality industries. Its free of charge and opened to the public.