On November 15, the Fort Worth Chamber hosted its inaugural “Salute to Service” breakfast to empower veterans in their entrepreneurial and business endeavors. Event attendees heard from various speakers including State Senator Kelly Hancock, Councilmember Elizabeth Beck, Councilmember Charles Lauersdorf, Jeffrey King with Falcon Construction, Casey Lawrence with GallantFew, and Steven Gonzalez with Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.
Senator Hancock delivered remarks preceding a panel conversation featuring the rest of the speakers. As chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs, Hancock highlighted his business background and emphasized his efforts in the Texas Legislature to support veterans through business opportunities.
Councilmember Lauersdorf then moderated a panel conversation that touched on the topics of veteran homelessness, access to support services, mental health, and the transition from military life to civilian life. Top takeaways from the panel conversation included the following:
The Fort Worth Chamber will continue exploring ways it can support the local veteran population in their business endeavors across the Fort Worth area.
Quick Facts: There are more than 100,000 veterans in Tarrant County. Roughly two-thirds are working age (below the age of 65), and veterans in Tarrant County outpace the non-veteran population in labor force participation rate, 84.8% to 79.3%.
Source: U.S. Census
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